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Friday 20 April 2018

‘They tried to kill us all’ – family cheats death after petrol bomb attack

House was gutted in the early hours of this morning as part of an ongoing fued

Pat Murphy pictured in his burnt out Clondalkin Home this morning
Pat Murphy pictured in his burnt out Clondalkin Home this morning

A DUBLIN family were lucky to escape with their lives when a petrol bomb was thrown through their window in an ongoing feud.

Pat Murphy, his wife Pauline, and their sons Alex (18) and Frankie (20) suffered burns and smoke inhalation when their house in Monksfield Green in Clondalkin was targeted at 1.40am.

Mr Murphy told the Herald the arson attack was “an attempt to kill us all”.

Speaking outside the gutted property he described the sequence of events.

“A gang of lads came earlier at around 9.30pm and broke two windows in a car in the driveway, that was the start of it,” he said.

“Then at around 1.30am I was in the living room when something was thrown through the window, I looked back and saw the curtain being pulled over from the outside and the next thing the room was in flames,” Mr Murphy added.

“I tried to put out the fire while I was screaming at the others upstairs, but I was overcome by the fumes,” he explained.

“I'm a full time carer for my wife, and the two lads had to drag her down the stairs.”

“I got out, but Frankie thought I was still in the living room and he went in after me and suffered burns to his arms and face, as well as inhaling the hot, toxic smoke,” he added.

“This was an attempt on our lives. They tried to kill us all.”

Alex Murphy said the arson attack was over a feud, but would not discuss who the row was with or what it was over.

“We know who they are,” he said.


Pat Murphy said there was another attempt to petrol bomb the house three weeks ago which did not succeed.

“I've done nothing on no-one, I've no record,” he added.

Gardai cordoned-off the scene of the fire today pending a forensic examination by |the garda technical bureau.

The living room, hall and most of the kitchen were gutted in the blaze, and the fire spread to upstairs rooms and blackened the entire front of the house.

Gardai are treating the fire as an attempt to kill as well as arson. Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade and two ambulances attended the scene when the alarm was raised.

By Conor Feehan


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