Good Samaritan dies in 'one-punch' attack after intervening in dispute
A father of one has died from a 'one-punch' assault as he attempted to intervene in an argument between a couple following his own retirement party.
The victim, named locally as Patrick 'Paddy' Mullally, was struck with a single punch during a fracas on the Harold's Cross Road in Dublin.
Investigating detectives were last night questioning a 45-year-old man in relation to the incident at Terenure Garda Station.
He has since been released without charge.
Mr Mullally (57) had worked at the Guinness brewery in the capital for over 30 years and was returning home from his retirement party in the city centre.
Friends described how the victim had stopped by in his regular pub, Peggy Kelly's, on the way home.
He left the pub shortly after 3am on Saturday and as he waited for a taxi became aware of a dispute between a couple outside the nearby Park View Court apartment complex.
Tragically, as the Good Samaritan attempted to defuse the situation, he was struck once by a male assailant, before falling to the ground.
However, he hit his head off the concrete kerb during the fall, which resulted in him suffering severe head injuries.
Emergency services were called and paramedics rushed to the location as the couple left the scene.
An ambulance transferred Mr Mullally to St James' Hospital, but he was pronounced dead in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Investigating detectives later arrested a 45-year-old man in relation to the incident.
A source described the victim as "a completely innocent party" who was only targeted "for doing the right thing".
"The deceased was a hard-working individual who was only attacked for trying to stop an argument between a couple. He was only hit with a single punch - sadly that is all it can take - but gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry in the investigation," a source said.
Friends arriving at the scene of the tragedy described Mr Mullally as "a gentle giant" who enjoyed the company of his friends in his local pub.
"It is just absolutely tragic, he was such a great man. Always in great form, always friendly, it's just devastating," said Páuric Keenan, a friend of the deceased, who had been with him on the night he passed away.
"We were only in Peggy Kelly's with him on Friday evening, we left around an hour beforehand. To think something like this could happen to a man like Paddy is shocking," Mr Keenan added.
"I was only asking him what his plans were to keep himself busy after his retirement and now we're here, we can't get over it," said Tiffany Keenan.
Other friends of Mr Mullally as well as staff at the pub described him as a "gentlemen" who enjoyed frequenting the licensed premises "for a few pints of stout".
"He was a popular man in here and a close personal friend of mine. What happened shouldn't have happened, we're all still coming to terms with it," said one senior member of staff.