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Monday 10 December 2018

Arrest after man (36) dies from Patrick's Day injuries

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Ralph Riegel

Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 36-year-old man found lying unconscious on a street in Co Waterford on St Patrick's Day with fatal head injuries.

Richard 'Ritchie' O'Leary (36) died at Cork University Hospital (CUH) last Friday after being found unconscious on a street in Dungarvan following a night out socialising.

Mr O'Leary's family believe he was the victim of a brutal assault as he walked home alone.

He had been transferred to CUH from a Tipperary hospital with serious head injuries on March 18. He had been in a medically induced coma since that day, before losing his battle for life on Friday.

He was found badly injured in Dungarvan town centre in the early hours of March 18.

Mr O'Leary had suffered a fractured skull with resultant swelling of the brain.

Gardaí are now investigating whether Mr O'Leary, who would have turned 37 next month, may have been the victim of a serious assault.

A man was arrested by Dungarvan gardaí on Friday evening. Gardaí must now make a decision whether to charge the man or release him and prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Mr O'Leary was particularly noted for his devotion to GAA, rugby and soccer, and was an avid fan of Liverpool FC.

His sister Tina said her family were overwhelmed with messages of support following the news of Richard's injury.

"He went out on St Patrick's Day to watch the rugby and Liverpool play football. He was going to a nightclub on Saturday night but then decided not to go in," she told WLRFM.

Mr O'Leary will be buried after 11am Requiem Mass at St Mary's Church in Dungarvan tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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