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Philip (37) dies in sudden and tragic circumstances



BRAY MAN PHILIP DUNLEAVY, who was famously jailed for wearing a punk t-shirt, died suddenly and in tragic circumstances last Tuesday, in the derelict AO Smith building on the Boghall Road in Bray.

Emergency services were called to the premises on Tuesday evening. They had to cut the gates off to gain access before finding Mr. Dunleavy unconscious inside. Attempts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful.

Cllr. John Brady said that while the premises was not the cause of the fatality, steps must be taken to secure the building which he said has been used for parties since its closure three years ago.

Philip (37), was known in Bray and in his native Newtown for his distinctive 'punk' style as well as for his friendly and affable nature.

A well-documented clash with a judge in a Bray Court four years ago landed him a week in prison for wearing a Sex Pistols t-shirt. The legendary incident has been firmly etched in the annals of Bray's local history.

The Oldcourt Drive man, also a former pupil at St. Kilian's Community School, wore the iconic yellow 'Never Mind the Bollocks – Here's the Sex Pistols' t-shirt to Bray District Court in July 2006.

The multi-tattooed punk, who also sported several body piercings and a 'made in Ireland' tattoo, was asked by Judge Murrough Connellan if he had 'any good reason' for wearing the iconic shirt, which was designed by Vivienne Westwood.

When Dunleavy said 'no', Judge Connellan said he could 'contemplate his attire' for seven days, while in prison for contempt of court.'

His family said at the time that Philip was wearing the shirt simply because he was a punk fan, not for any other reason, and that to see him go to jail for it was 'just wrong.'

A week later, defiant Philip returned to Court after his sojourn in Cloverhill wearing a top with the words 'drunk punk' emblazoned across it but escaped censure on that occasion.

Formerly of Springfield Heights, Newtownmountkennedy, Philip will be sadly missed by his loving partner Lorraine 'Debbie' Fitzpatrick, daughter Rebecca, Patrick, Barry, Tanya, and Tina, mother Mary and father Frank, sisters Christine and Suzanne, brothers Paul, John and Anthony, aunts, uncles, and his grandchildren Patrick, Tariq and Karim. He was laid to rest at Kilmurray Cemetery on Saturday following Funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Newtownmountkennedy.