Utter shock and disgust have been expressed over an unprovoked attack on a man in Rathfarnham.

His daughter Emma Long told Dublin Gazette that on Sunday night her dad was out walking the dogs after dinner when the attack happened.

“At 6.55pm Allie Long was attacked on Marian Road (beside Roma Chipper) by a group of 6-10 thugs all wearing tracksuits. He was just walking our dogs on Sunday evening after dinner.”

She said the incident has left the family shocked: “He’s not great. He’s due in hospital again today.

“He’s a strong man and he’ll get through it, but it’s been a shock for all of us,” said Emma.

She also called on anyone with any information on the attack to contact gardai.

Local election candidate Sean McLoughlin (IND) said the incident made him “sick.”

“Allie is a member of Ballyroan Men’s Shed and volunteers his time with some good causes, I have known him for a number of years.

“He is currently in Tallaght A&E awaiting results of a scan and may have to go to Vincent’s if the scan shows a fractured eye socket.”

Mr McLoughlin those responsible need to be held accountable.

“The parents of the teenagers involved have a lot to answer for, and also need to play their part in making sure these types of attacks are prevented in future.

Locals have been expressing their disgust over the attack online.

“6-10 lads on one man… shocking. Shows how [tough] they are, bunch of idiots, wonder how they would feel if it was their dad,” said one local.

“Absolutely awful. Hope he’s okay, speedy recovery,” said another.

While one feared: “I’m terrified, that’s really close to where I live and used to get a bus from.”