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Wednesday 17 January 2018

B&B stab tragedy second to hit Traveller family

Peter Conroy
Peter Conroy
Members of the Garda Crime Scene Investigation Unit examine the scene at the Palmerstown Lodge B&B on Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown, in Dublin. Photo: Collins
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The family of a man who was stabbed to death are facing the second tragedy to hit them in just six years.

Father-of-two Peter Conroy (25) died after being stabbed at 3.30am yesterday at a Kennelsfort Road Lower guesthouse, in Palmerstown, Dublin, where he lived.

His death comes little more than six years after his cousin Conor (2) was killed in a road collision outside his home in the Deansrath estate in Clondalkin in west Dublin.

Both the victim and the suspect are members of the Travelling community but the victim's father Frankie said he does not know what was behind the row.

"There's no feud. We just don't know yet. We're waiting for the gardai to investigate it," he said.

"We're just trying to come to terms with it all," he added.

Peter is believed to have been attacked in the guesthouse but managed to escape and was chased down in the street outside.

The suspect, a man in his 30s, had been at a family wedding outside Dublin, but the victim was not a guest. Peter's brother Anthony received a large laceration to the left arm.

He was rushed with him to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown but discharged himself on learning Peter had died from his injuries.

The scene of the attack was littered with bloodstained clothing and towels used to try to stem the blood flowing from Peter's wounds.

Up to 70 people who were in the guesthouse are expected to be interviewed in the coming days by gardaí.

Irish Independent

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