The horrific incident occurred last Thursday at around 8.30pm when 40-year-old David was dragged into an empty car park stripped of his expensive runners and watch. His camera, bag and wallet were also taken - writes dublinlive.ie
David, who is studying Graphic Design, also had six months of work in his back pack which was also stolen by the thugs.
Speaking on RTE Radio 1, Liveline today the Dubliner said he was "bruised and tender" but was feeling better despite the severe attack.
Recalling the incident, he said: "Last Thursday evening I had been around town getting bits and bobs. I needed some materials and I was walking down the end of Talbot Street between Store Street and Busarus.
"I had a backpack on my back and a chap came over to talk to me about the shoes I was wearing. They're pretty stand out shoes.
"The next thing, he said 'what's that in there?' - it was a car park with wheelie bins. The next thing I knew - there's a handle on the back of the rucksack - and I just got pulled back.
"And there was about five or six lads there and they just gave me a good proper kicking. They took everything; took the shoes off me feet, took my phone, watch, camera, bag, six months of work taken that was in my bag.
"They left me with nothing."
He had been kicked in the head and stomach repeatedly while one of the men was shouting 'give him a stripe' which David interpreted as a slash across the face.
David was left disorientated and stumbling around the streets after the horrific ordeal.
He admits his memory is foggy but recalled his feet being cut by broken glass as he wandered on the cobbles.
Luckily, a good Samaritan stopped to help him: "I distinctly remember a woman asking me what happened and then she said 'just wait there' and she came back with a taxi and she asked me if I had anyone living nearby and she gave me money to get me out to my dad's in Ashbourne.
"She wouldn't give me her name or her number but I'd love to thank her for what she did for me."
David made a statement to the gardai on Sunday after a day or two of recovery and he is now focusing on getting better but said he has been left very shaken by the vicious assault: "They were like zombies, there was pure hatred in them, it was like they wanted to hurt me and destroy me. They were nearly frothing at the mouth with anger. . .Like madmen."
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