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Gardai close in on OAP's killer

Gardai are expected to make an arrest in coming days after the remains of a 72-year-old man believed to have been stabbed to death were found in his burnt-out home in south Dublin.

The man, named locally as Eddie Boylan, was originally from north Dublin but moved to the small close of retirement homes on Ravensdale Park, Kimmage, at the start of last year. He was living alone.

Gardai believe a younger man, who was known to Mr Boylan, was seen in the vicinity of his house late on Friday night. A fire was noticed at around 2am and Mr Boylan's body was found in the front upstairs bedroom.

It is understood he had been stabbed before the fire was set. Locals said that a knife was found at the scene but this could not be verified.

Gardai are treating it as a murder investigation. They have asked for anyone who was in the area in the early hours of yesterday and particularly near the Black Horse Pub to contact them.

Local man Paul Fitzgerald said Mr Boylan was "a beautiful man, a real gentleman. He was real old-school, hard as steel. I think he said he was a docker at one time. He only moved here in January or February last year.

"He came in to the pub on Cheltenham week and that's how we got to know him. He lived on the northside nearly all his life but he came over here to enjoy his retirement. It's a massive shock, I was totally staggered when I heard."

Another customer in the Black Horse, George McGreal, said: "He was a real gentleman. He only moved in there around February last year and we all got on great with him."

Sunday Independent