Gardai have renewed their appeal for information after a businessman was stabbed to death in a vicious daylight murder inside the front door of his home.
John Maguire(51) who had previously owned a number of pubs in Dublin was murdered at the front door of his home at Ormond Square, Smithfield, in Dublin's north inner city yesterday afternoon.
He suffered several stab wounds to his upper body and appeared to have been the victim of a frenzied attack.
Despite the attempts to resuscitate him, Mr Maguire was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.
Detectives are seeking information from any persons who may have seen any suspicious activity in Ormond Square and surrounding areas between 11am and 2.30pm yesterday afternoon or any Taxi drivers who may have picked up a fare in the area to contact the incident room at the Bridewell Garda Station on 01-666 8200, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
Mr Maguire had been seen by neighbours washing his Alfa Romeo car in the square during the morning.
The grim find was made by a female neighbour, who called to the house at around 2.30pm when she noticed that the front door was slightly ajar.
She was unable to open the door because Mr Maguire was lying behind it, but when she spotted him and the blood on the walls she immediately ran to another neighbour and he alerted gardai with a 999 call.
Mr Maguire was the partner of the deputy chief executive of the Concern charity, Jim Hynes, who was last night being comforted by friends.
He was informed of the tragedy yesterday afternoon.
Gardai said last night that there did not appear to be any signs of a forced entry into the house.
But officers pointed out that it was too early to indicate whether Mr Maguire might have known his killer.
Gardai have recovered a knife which they believe was used in the attack. They are hopeful that a forensic examination of the knife will yield clues to the identity of the killer.
The body remained at the scene until a preliminary examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy.
A full post-mortem will take place this morning at the Dublin city morgue in Marino.
Mr Maguire and Mr Hynes had lived in the modest home for more than 15 years. They bought the yellow brick, two-storey house in March 1998.
Mr Maguire is originally from the Terenure area of the city and owned a number of properties in the past including pubs in the Thomas Street and Lansdowne areas as well as premises around Terenure.
Last night gardai were trying to contact friends and business acquaintances to establish if any of them might have been in touch with him during the day or were aware of any intended callers to the house.
Ormond Square is a well-kept development with about 40 houses opening on to a central area where a playground is situated. Former Irish soccer star and current TV pundit Johnny Giles grew up there.
Mr Hynes is a director of two companies linked to Concern, where he is the chief operations officer as well as deputy chief executive.
He joined the charity in 1999 and previously co-owned a pub called Modern Green Bar.
One local woman said that the door was opened when the emergency services arrived and explained: "He (Mr Maguire) hasn't got a hallway, that's his sitting room. The blood was all over the walls. I could see it from over here.
"The only time the guards are ever in here is to give out about the kids playing football. It's a lovely area and other than that there wouldn't be any other trouble at all."
She said Mr Maguire was "really nice", adding: "He was very good to the kids around here. There's a local youth club and they were going away and he sponsored all the kids."
Another neighbour, Monica O'Toole, said: "He was just quiet and like one of our own. I'm shocked, I really am, shocked – right on our doorstep, it's very upsetting."
Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn said: "Most of the people around here are very quiet – they go about their business and you wouldn't hear that much of them.
"The square itself is very well kept. We keep it very safe. The area is full of CCTV cameras, the square is well-monitored by Dublin City Council," he added.
An incident room was set up at the Bridewell station where a case conference was held last night.
By Tom Brady and Cormac McQuinn