Saturday 25 November 2017

Man stabbed to death at party tried to stop row

A file photo of Shane Murphy, from Lee Estate, Island Road, Limerick city.
A file photo of Shane Murphy, from Lee Estate, Island Road, Limerick city.

David Raleigh

A former mayor of Limerick has appealed for calm after a young man was stabbed to death at a house after attempting to intervene in a row between another man and a woman.

Shane Murphy (31), of Lee Estate, Island Road, Limerick City, was discovered at a house at The Grove housing estate in Pallasgreen, around 22km from his home.

Gardaí are understood to be still examining the motivation behind the fatal stabbing after 11pm on Thursday night.

However, it is believed that early indications from those gathered at the scene were that he had been seriously injured after he attempted to intervene.

Mr Murphy sustained stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and arms, the source added.

A 34-year-old woman and another man were both taken to University Hospital Limerick with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

It is understood Mr Murphy was attending a party with six to eight others at the house in Pallasgreen when the incident occurred.

Former Limerick Mayor and Independent councillor John Gilligan, who was one of Mr Murphy's neighbours, said he knew the young man.

"His mother Kathleen died a little over 12 months ago. My deepest sympathies go out to Shane and his family, and for a young man to die in such circumstances is something which is absolutely appalling," he said.

"It is something nobody can stand over.

"His family and friends will grieve, and I'm sure the people involved are facing a very bleak future as well.

"So, I would appeal at this particular time that one tragedy is enough, and I wouldn't like it to go any further," Cllr Gilligan added.

Mr Murphy, who has three brothers and five sisters, is understood to have been in a relationship with a woman who was living in Pallasgreen for the past few months.

His body was removed from the scene this afternoon and taken to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem conducted by the State Pathologist.

The house where Mr Murphy's body was discovered remained sealed off by gardaí last night. A separate green area near the house was also cordoned off to allow garda forensic officers search for a weapon.

Gardaí said two men, aged 20 and 32, were being questioned about Mr Murphy's death.

They were being held at Henry Street and Roxboro Road Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Locals in the normally quiet village of Pallasgreen said they were "shocked" at the killing.

Neighbours said they could not believe the young man had died in such a violent way.

"It's a very quiet area. This is a total shock," said one local man.

"It's a very neighbourly area and a very community-minded place.

"There are families waking up this morning to terrible news that no family wants to ever get," the man added.

A neighbour of Mr Murphy in Lee Estate said he was shocked to hear about his sudden, tragic death.

"It's just terrible," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí at Bruff on 061 382940, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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