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Grandad killer appeals for an end to families' feud

Ralph Riegel

Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30

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The road was closed for a time to facilitate an forensic examination and has since reopened.
The road was closed for a time to facilitate an forensic examination and has since reopened.

A YOUNG man who fatally stabbed a grandfather during a St Stephen's Day confrontation outside a pub has pleaded for peace between two feuding families.

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Dean Crinnion (21) admitted the manslaughter Gerard 'Ger' Delaney (51) outside the Manhattan Bar in Friar's Walk, Cork, in December 2011.

Crinnion of Blackwater Grove, Togher, Cork, had initially been charged with murder but the State accepted his manslaughter plea before the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Delaney suffered a total of 13 stab wounds when a confrontation between the Crinnion and Delaney families erupted in violence that night.

The grandfather was not a party to the feud which had first erupted several years earlier when two young Delaney and Crinnion men fell out over a girlfriend.

But he had gone to the Manhattan Bar with other members of his family following a perceived act of intimidation against his brother Finbarr.

During yesterday's sentencing hearing, Crinnion pleaded for an end to the feud.

"I would like to apologise to the Delaney family for the pain and hurt I caused...I keep replaying what happened that night in my head," he said.

The hearing continues.

Irish Independent

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