Thursday 23 May 2019

Father-of-four (37) dies following late night 'violent' assault at popular pub

Patrick 'Ginty' O'Donnell who died in an incident in Mitchelstown
Pic from Provision
Patrick 'Ginty' O'Donnell who died in an incident in Mitchelstown Pic from Provision
Gardai on duty outside Willie Andies pub, Mitchelstown Credit: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Gardai on duty outside Willie Andies pub, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork where a man died following an incident Credit Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ralph Riegel

A man who died following a late night assault at a Cork pub has been named locally at Patrick 'Paddy' O'Donnell who only celebrated the birth of a child three months ago.

Mr O'Donnell (37) died following an incident Friday night at Willie Andies pub on the New Square in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Gardaí and paramedics were called to the premises following the violent incident at 11pm.

It is understood a verbal disagreement had erupted between the father of four and a man in his 20s.

Both had been socialising in the popular pub at the time.

Following the suspected assault, Mr O'Donnell collapsed at the scene in front of shocked revellers.

Locals desperately attempted to assist him pending the arrival of the emergency services.

Gardaí and paramedics raced to the scene including several patrol cars and an ambulance.

He was initially in a critical condition with paramedics desperately attempting to stabilise his condition at the scene.

Armed Gardaí were deployed to support uniformed Mitchelstown Gardaí at the scene.

However, despite desperate attempts to help Mr O'Donnell, he was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Members of his family - who are from the Ballindangan area of Mitchelstown - attended the scene.

His body will be transferred to CUH later today for a full post mortem examination by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy who is attending from Dublin.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation into the incident will now be determined by the results of the post mortem examination.

A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene and taken to Fermoy Garda Station for questioning about the incident.

He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be questioned for up to 24 hours.

The young man is also understood to be from the north Cork area.

It is unclear if both men were known to each other.

The vicinity of Willie Andies pub was immediately cordoned after the incident off to allow for a full technical examination.

 Mitchelstown's New Square was busy with Bank Holiday weekend revellers at the time and Gardaí believe there must have been a number of eye witnesses to the incident.

A carnival had just opened on New Square to mark the holiday weekend.

A number of people were also passing through the New Square heading to nearby fast food restaurants.

Gardaí are now checking CCTV security camera footage from business premises along the square to determine if cameras recorded the moments before the tragic incident.

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