Police are searching for two men who punched a well-known gay journalist in the face during a homophobic attack in Dublin.

The 46-year-old victim was said to be “deeply traumatised” after the incident, which took place on June 8th.

Police said he was eating in a city restaurant when two men approached and struck up a conversation with him.

When he told them he was at a gay event earlier in the evening, the men are said to have threatened and attacked him.

When he ran from the restaurant, they tripped him up and began punching and kicking him before stealing his iPhone.

The writer was also threatened with a knife, police said.

A source told the Herald: “The victim was left with severe bruising to his body, cuts to his forehead and knees as well as sore ribs after the attack and he is extremely shaken over the incident.

“This is a well-known openly gay man who has travelled the world but has never experienced anything like this. It really was a brutal attack.”

Police have released CCTV images of two suspects.