Residents of Ormond Square in Dublin expressed shock and sadness at the killing of the 51-year-old man at his home today.
Neighbour Monica O’Toole (62) said: “The fire brigade and the guards arrived but I had no idea what had happened. Someone said John was in trouble.
“I’m shocked at what happened. It’s very upsetting. Right on our doorsteps. It’s such a quiet area. I can’t believe it. He was such a very nice chap. He was so helpful and was a good neighbour. He had washed his car in front the house this morning and he looked fine.”
She said the would attend cultural activities such as film festivals and art exhibitions in the city.
Ms O’Toole said: “He was well spoken and very well mannered. He was a good looking man. He was great for getting involved in improvements in the area. I remember he painted a traffic pole outside his house with black paint and gold paint.
“And he was a very kind man and was very considerate.”
The body of 51-year-old was discovered this afternoon in a complex at Ormond Quay. Gardai revealed that he had lived in the area for over 10 years.
It is understood that a neighbour tried to get into the house when he noticed the door was open and found the man in the hallway.
It is believed he suffered stab wounds to the neck and back.
Dublin fire brigade emergency personnel tried to revive the man when they arrived at the apartment.
But he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
This is the second fatal stabbing in Dublin within 24 years. Last night a 32-year-old man, James Humphries was stabbed to death during a row in a house in Tallaght.
Gardai are questioning a 37-year-old suspect in connection with his death.
Neighbour Rita Curley (63) said: “He was such a good neighbour and very helpful. I can’t believe it.”
Local man John Gifford (63) said: “It’s a very sad day. God love him it was completely out of the blue.”
Gloria McGrane (49) said: “He loved his bicycle. And he was so good natured. He always sponsored the local children when they were collecting for charity. He was very refined and courteous. He’d never pass you by.
By Alan O’Keeffe