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Sunday 23 July 2017

Savage attack on man outside Dublin nightclub 'was captured on CCTV'

  • Gardaí hope CCTV holds clues to club attack that left man fighting for his life
  • Christy Fitzgerald was at birthday celebration before attack
  • Gardaí trying to trace taxi driver
Christy Fitzgerald (inset) was brutally attacked outside Wright Venue nightclub
Christy Fitzgerald (inset) was brutally attacked outside Wright Venue nightclub
Christy Fitzgerald was attacked outside the Wright Venue
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A savage attack that left a Dublin man fighting for his life was captured on CCTV, it has emerged.

The victim, named locally as Christy Fitzgerald, was set upon outside a popular nightclub in Swords in the early hours of yesterday morning. He is originally from Finglas, Dublin, but has spent the past number of years in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Fitzgerald, who is a father in his 30s, was believed to be at a birthday celebration before the attack took place.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the Wright Venue in Airside Retail Park, Swords, at 3.40am. Fitzgerald was then taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where he was last night said to be gravely ill.

Sources have said the attack was caught on CCTV and a man who gardaí are anxious to interview was seen getting into a taxi immediately afterwards. The man who got into the taxi is described as wearing a light coloured, short-sleeved T-shirt and dark trousers.

Gardaí are trying to trace the driver of the taxi to help them with their enquiries.

Christy Fitzgerald was attacked outside the Wright Venue
Christy Fitzgerald was attacked outside the Wright Venue

"In particular, we would like to speak with the driver of a light or bright coloured taxi who picked up a man on the roadway close to where the injured man was being treated.

"There was at least one other occupant in the taxi at the time," a Garda spokesman said.

A source said the CCTV footage showed the sequence of events and would prove vital in identifying the attacker.

Other footage from the surrounding area of Swords could also help narrow down information on the taxi.

The driver may be unaware of the assault taking place, so gardaí are appealing to any taxi drivers who may have picked up passengers in the area around that time to come forward.

The scene of the attack was sealed off pending a forensic examination.

Gardaí say they would like to speak to anybody who may have witnessed a fight between two men outside the club between 3am and 3.30am.

Fitzgerald is known to gardaí and was sentenced for five years in the past for his part in a robbery in 2002.

However, the motive for the attack in the early hours of yesterday is not yet clear.

Neighbours of Fitzgerald in the Termon Abbey area of Drogheda said they were shocked at the news.

"He's a good neighbour with a lot of friends. It is terrible news," said one man. "We have only just heard the news and are trying to take it in."

"I don't know him personally, just to say hello to, but he seems like a popular man and would be well known in the area," said another neighbour.

"He's a big guy, he must be 6ft tall, I'm surprised somebody would attack him," said one local man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords garda station on 01-6664700.

Irish Independent

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