Tuesday 20 August 2019

Murder investigation underway as 'kind-hearted' man (20) dies after 'one-punch' attack

Luke O'Reilly (20) from Kiltipper died from injuries he suffered in a 'one punch' attack
Luke O'Reilly (20) from Kiltipper died from injuries he suffered in a 'one punch' attack

Catherine Devine, Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

A murder probe has been launched after a young man died after an apparent one-punch attack in the capital.

The victim, named locally as Luke O’Reilly (20), was attacked on Halloween night or the morning of November 1 on the Old Blessington Road, Tallaght.

Luke O'Reilly (20) who died after an assault
Luke O'Reilly (20) who died after an assault

He was discovered at around 3am with serious head injuries.

Gardaí believe that the victim was struck once in the head before falling to the ground.

He was brought to Tallaght Hospital, but his condition deteriorated over the weekend and he was transferred to Beamount Hospital. Mr O’Reilly (inset below) was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon.

Detectives at Tallaght Garda station have now launched a murder investigation into his death following a post-mortem examination.

A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon in relation to the killing and is currently being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Tributes were last night being paid to the victim, who has been described as a “kind-hearted” and “genuine” young man.

A source last night said that Mr O’Reilly had been socialising in a nightclub earlier, before a row occurred on the street.

“The victim was a very, very decent young man, he was very popular among his friends. This was an argument which unfortunately escalated into a fatal assault,” the source said.

Mr O’Reilly had played soccer  for local team St Maelruans FC, who last night paid tribute to him. 

“Luke played alongside a number of our current senior players at underage level and had recently expressed an interest in re-joining the club. Luke’s death has come as a huge shock to us at the club, particularly to those who played alongside him.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Luke’s family and friends at this difficult time. May he rest in peace,” the club said in a statement.

He had lived in the Kiltipper estate in Tallaght with his family. One local said that the area had been left devastated by his death. 

Tributes also poured in for Luke on social media last night, with one friend writing: “Another beautiful young life taken away today, thinking of your family and close friends.”

Another friend said: “You will be sadly missed, such a kind-hearted lad.”

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