Dublin stabbing: Before the city descended into chaos, an ominous silence filled Parnell Square

In the wake of the heinous attack on three children and their carer in Dublin on Thursday, locals tried to come to terms with the savagery that unfolded before their eyes

Gardaí confirmed that five casualties were taken to various hospitals in the Dublin region after the stabbing incident. Picture: RollingNews

A journalist’s phone is a busy place, pinging with regular press releases and news alerts. A lot of it, for lack of a better word, is just noise.

But on Thursday one notification cut through the noise - an alert that three children and their carer had been stabbed outside a primary school in Dublin city centre.

An ominous quiet was in the air on Parnell Street at 3pm upon arrival, after the initial flurry ...