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27th Jun 2023

Ukrainian actor hospitalised after vicious attack in Dublin city

** Warning, graphic images**

Ukrainian actor, Oleksandr Hrekov, has been hospitalised after a ‘mindless’ attack in Dublin on June 24th.

Hrekov was performing in Brien Friel’s Translations at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin before the attack occurred.

He was reportedly hit with a glass bottle and was also bitten during the attack on Saturday night.

The Abbey Theatre has condemned the horrific attack.


A spokesperson for the Dublin theatre issued a statement following the incident.

“A 27-strong theatre company travelled from Kyiv to perform the canonical Irish text, which illuminates the determination of a people to persist and ensure their culture endures in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Oleksandr Hrekov has been discharged from hospital and their injuries are non-life threatening.

They also confirmed the Ukrainian actor needed stitches as well as hospital treatment.

Both the Abbey Theatre and the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Drama Theatre condemn the “mindless violence”.

“This incident will not overshadow the joyful and important collaboration between our two theatre companies. This is only the beginning of the Abbey Theatre’s artistic relationship with our friends at the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Drama Theatre,” they added.

Gardaí have launched an investigation following the attack, but have not made any arrests.