Hard-working dad of two 'the nicest man you could meet'
MURDERED father-of-two David D'Arcy was a hard worker who followed the same routine most days.
Mr D'Arcy would make a short journey from his home on Cherry Orchard Avenue to work at Whelan's butchers on Ballyfermot Road, arriving at 6.50am. Yesterday, the local community was in shock after the 39-year-old was inexplicably murdered.
While sitting in the van, a car blocked the exit to his driveway and a gunman shot him up to five times.
His partner of 20 years, Amanda Haverty (38), and daughter Janice (15) were in the house at the time and heard the shots ring out.
His family were too shaken to talk at length yesterday but his son David (18) said it could have been a case of mistaken identity.
"He wasn't connected to anything like gangs. We're all shocked here," he said.
Shocked locals yesterday told the Irish Independent that they had no idea why anyone would want to kill Mr D'Arcy.
He lived his entire life in the area and grew up on nearby Claddagh Road. Around 15 years ago he moved to his current home.
Along with his two children and his partner, Mr D'Arcy's passion was Liverpool FC. He enjoyed tending to his garden and was a dog-lover who kept a number of Rottweilers.
"I thought it must be a case of mistaken identity when I first heard about it," one local, who did not wish to be named, said.
Tom Whelan, owner of Whelan's butchers where Mr D'Arcy worked, said that nobody could believe it.
"All of the people who he delivers to said he was the nicest man you could meet.
"He covered deliveries to the north of Dublin and his brother Stephen covered the south," he said.
Local priest Fr Pat Reynolds said that he had been called to give the last rights to Mr D'Arcy. His parochial house was just across the road from where the shooting happened.
"I knew him to say hello to in the street and he was a good, hard worker," he said.