'Nicest fellow' was to be a dad in three months
James 'Joycie' Joyce had just three months to wait before his girlfriend Alison Colgan was to give birth to their first child.
But this was shattered late on Thursday night when James died after suffering a series of stab wounds to the chest.
In St Cronan's estate, a short distance from Swords village in Dublin, news of the death spread quickly.
The 20-year-old unemployed man was well-liked in the area, where his parents Pat and Rose had brought up their family.
James was stabbed while trying to intervene in a row at the end of St Cronan's Avenue. He stumbled a short distance into the driveway of a house before collapsing.
"My friend rang the ambulance -- they told him to lift up his top and put pressure on the wounds. When he lifted up the top, he didn't know where to put the pressure, there was that many wounds," said one woman.
The area is frequently used by young people to drink.
"A girl came running up and told me James was in a bad way, so I ran down to see what was going on. The blood was pumping out of his chest and shoulder," his father said.
His girlfriend Alison was there when the incident happened and was yesterday being consoled by the family.
"He was the nicest fellow and was really looking forward to becoming a dad," said one friend. Shane Hickey