Wednesday 24 May 2017

Appeal after St Patrick's Day attack victim dies

Grainne Cunningham and Pat Flynn

GARDAI have urged those involved in a St Patrick's Day assault that resulted in the death of a 48-year-old man to come forward immediately.







The man, named locally as Joseph Connolly from Poppintree in north Dublin, died in Beaumont Hospital at midday yesterday from head injuries sustained during the attack.

He was set upon by at least two men outside a pharmacy on the Ballymun Road at about 9pm and was later taken to Beaumont Hospital.

Gardai believe that the attack took place after an exchange of words in a nearby fast-food restaurant and that it was over very quickly.

They said they were following a definite line of inquiry and that they did not believe at this stage that the intention of the attackers was to kill the victim.

They urged those involved to come forward or for anyone with any information to contact Ballymun garda station on 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666111 or any garda station.

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s has been seriously injured in a stabbing in Co Clare.

The man was attacked by a gang of four men at his home in Kilrush shortly before 2am yesterday.

He received multiple stab wounds to the legs, arms and back, and was reportedly struck in the face with a slash hook.

The victim was taken to Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. His condition is described as serious but stable.

His father was also injured in the attack, sustaining a blow to the head and a fractured arm. His wife managed to drive him to Kilrush garda station and alerted gardai to the attack.

The scene was preserved and an examination is under way.

Two other men, both with stab wounds, were found close to the house when gardai arrived. It is believe they were injured as the young man attempted to defend himself.

All four were treated at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

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