A NINETEEN year old man was arrested today in connection with the murder of a grandfather outside a pub on St Stephen’s night.
The teen was arrested in Togher in Cork at 7am today and taken to Togher Garda Station for questioning in connection with the death of Gerard ‘Ger’ Delaney (51) on December 26/27 2011.
He is expected to appear before Cork District Court later in connection with the matter.
Mr Delaney died from multiple stab injuries and was also repeatedly beaten over the head with a blunt object during a fracas outside the Manhattan Bar on Friar’s Walk.
A coroner’s inquest into the death of Mr Delaney (51) was adjourned last April on the application of the Gardai.
Cork coroner Dr Myra Cullinane was told Mr Delaney was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital (CUH) in the early hours of December 27 following an incident that initially began late the following evening.
Mr Delaney, grandfather and father of two, had apparently gone from his Lakelands Crescent home in Mahon to Ballyphehane that evening amid concerns for the safety of a family member.
He had intended to spend St Stephen’s night at home with his wife, Mary, babysitting his grandchildren.
However, he became separated from his friends in a melee on Friar’s Walk involving up to 30 people.
He was stabbed before being beaten over the head with a pick-axe handle while he lay on the roadway.
Mr Delaney died shortly after being admitted to CUH.
His family later insisted that he was in no way connected to an ongoing feud between two families.
Gardai believe baseball bats, pick-axe handles and knives were used in the melee.
Mr Delaney’s brother, Finbar (46), had been the victim of a vicious assault in early 2011 when he was attacked with a slash-hook and machete.
Gardai had also investigated a campaign of intimidation against members of the Delaney family including Internet ‘hate’ postings, graffiti being daubed on walls near their homes and a fire-bombing.