EDDIE Boylan was a man of simple tastes.
Years of torment came to a head last February when he decided to move from Cabra in Dublin, where he had been living for many years, to a retirement complex in the Dublin suburb of Kimmage in search of for a quieter life.
Described by those who knew him best, he was a 'salt of the earth' type who made his living either driving the highways and byways of Ireland as a truck driver or working in the Dublin docklands.
But the sheer viciousness of his killing brought what had been a largely quiet and unobtrusive life to a shattering and gruesome end.
Yesterday, a group of visibly upset locals huddled outside the local Black Horse pub in Kimmage exchanging their memories of the unassuming man who lived in apartment number seven on the first floor.
The pub had become a lifeline of sorts for the ageing pensioner and his links with the local community.
"I just can't believe it -- he was just a quiet elderly man who was determined to avoid trouble of any kind. He never had a bad word to say about anybody," said one local.
However, it is understood that somebody from his past had been causing him grief for years and was the primary motivation in Mr Boylan seeking solace and safety in the retirement home.
Locals said years of untold grief and upset culminated in a recent incident in the pub, which suggested Eddie's jovial veneer masked more deep-seated personal problems.
A few months ago a clearly disturbed man stormed into the Black Horse pub looking for a ladder which he wanted to use to break into Mr Boylan's small bedsit.
Nothing further came of that incident, but as Mr Boylan's remains were removed yesterday from what he had hoped was his new beginning despite his old age, it was a story which seemed to resonate more with the locals.