Thursday 18 January 2018

Man killed by single punch suffered severe trauma to head

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A MAN who died after a single punch outside a nightclub suffered severe trauma to the head, preliminary post-mortem results have shown.

James Tynan (25) died with his girlfriend, Fiona Morrissey, and his family at his hospital bedside late on Monday night.

The heartbroken family is making funeral arrangements for the young man today after a post-mortem examination last night. The results showed he died from severe head injuries.

Parish priest of Johnstown, Co Kilkenny -- where Mr Tynan was from -- Fr Frank Maher said the family decided to honour Mr Tynan's wishes by having his organs donated. He said "everybody is devastated" in the tight-knit community since learning of the death.

"His family is held in very high esteem. People are shocked, he was a well-liked young man," Fr Maher said.

Mr Tynan had been enjoying a night out with friends in Hayes's Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary, before he was set upon in Liberty Square at around 1.30am on Sunday.

He died from his injuries in South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel less than two days later.

Detectives believe he was only punched once but fell to the ground and banged his head during the assault.

The chief suspect in the seemingly unprovoked attack -- a 21-year-old from Co Tipperary -- had initially been arrested for breaching the Public Order Act following the incident. However, detectives later re-arrested the man for questioning on Sunday in relation to the assault on Mr Tynan

The suspect was then released without charge on Monday night and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter. Gardai are satisfied that nobody else was involved.

Mr Tynan is survived by his parents, Paschal and Dolores Tynan, who are both from well-known families in Johnstown, Co Kilkenny. They run a wholesale meat business, Tynan Meats, where their son was employed.


Mr Tynan, who was known to all his friends as "Duff", was known as a popular and fun-loving man. He had started out as a tiler before joining the family business. He had a keen interest in sport and played soccer for Spa United in the Kilkenny and District League.

He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth, stepbrother Neil and three stepsisters, Kay Hennessy, Jackie Hennessy and Nuala Brennan.

Mr Tynan's shocked friends flooded his Facebook page with messages after they learned of his death.

John Morrissey thanked Mr Tynan for being a good boyfriend to Fiona: "James thank you so much for loving my sister like you did, don't know how she'll carry on but I know you're watching over her now, always in my thoughts, our whole family loves you so much, you'll be missed so much."

Irish Independent

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