Man fights for his life after attack outside Belfast's Shamrock bar
A man with serious head injuries is fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked by a number of people in north Belfast.
The victim, who is in his 40s, was set upon outside licensed premises on Flax Street in Ardoyne at around 5.25am on Sunday.
Police said he suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital where he is critically ill but stable.
They said "a number of unknown persons" were involved in the attack, which took place just outside the Shamrock bar.
In 2013, dissident republicans took to the stage of the Shamrock to issue death threats against two men and claim responsibility for the murder of a drug dealer.
Detective Inspector Heather Whoriskey has appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault and who has any information which may be of assistance to the investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave on 101, quoting reference 335 17/07/16.
Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.