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Heartbreak and loss at funeral of assault victim, 57

Tears flowed at the funeral mass of "loving father and grandfather" Patsy Deasy who died after an assault outside a pub in Cork last weekend.

There was barely standing room at St Michael's Church in the Cork suburb of Blackrock where mourners gathered to pay their sympathies to his wife Ann, his children Wayne and Tracey and to his brothers and sisters and extended family. His heartbroken son told the large congregation that his father was a "family man through and through" who was a "loving father and grandfather".

He said the 57-year-old had a great love of gardening and walking and that he loved family occasions, such as weddings, where he could spend time with his relatives.

"Dad you will always be in my heart... I love you so much," said his devastated son.

Members of the congregation were moved to tears during the heartfelt eulogy, which took place at the beginning of the Requiem Mass. Canon Tadgh O Mathuna described Mr Deasy as a deeply respected man and a Good Samaritan, who had a deep faith.

Mr Deasy died in hospital on Monday after suffering head injuries when he was assaulted outside the Red Cove Inn on Avenue de Rennes in Mahon in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is believed that the Cork City Council employee was leaving the pub, where he had attended a 60th birthday, when he was struck. He fell to the ground, hitting his head, it is understood.

Gardai investigating the serious assault arrested a man for questioning last Thursday.

The man was released without charge last Thursday night and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Sunday Independent