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Party ends in stab murder of reveller (23)

YOUNG man was brutally stabbed to death following a late night party in South Dublin.

John Murdoch (23) was found lying in a pool of blood on a grass area outside an apartment complex in the Cushlawn Dale estate in Tallaght early this morning. He had been stabbed multiple times in the chest and upper body.

Gardai say they want to talk to anybody who may have been the vicinity of the estate last night. The Herald understands that a row developed during a party at an apartment, after which the stabbing took place. Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 12.30am and the victim was immediately rushed to Tallaght General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Friends of the Murdochs told the Herald today that the death has left the family “heartbroken” and “devastated”. Local woman Jackie Vass said: “My heart goes out to Annette, his mother. She’s a lovely woman and they’re a lovely family. This is terrible.” And Ciara O’Hanlon (28), who lives in the estate and knew the victim, told the Herald: “We were woken up by the flashing lights of the ambulance. I went out and saw the emergency services picking up a body and putting it into the ambulance.

The police were everywhere.” The victim’s father, John Murdoch, declined to speak about the tragedy. Gardai carried out a technical examination of the scene today. Locals today expressed their shock at the death of Mr Murdoch, who lived at Donomore Crescent, especially as it happened as Tallaght was celebrating the European success of Shamrock Rovers this week.

Local councillor Maire Devine told the Herald today that the vicious attack marred a positive atmosphere in Tallaght on the evening it welcomed home the sporting heroes. “It was a proud night for Tallaght, but this has really darkened the mood. It’s tragic for the family, my heart goes out to them. All help needs to be given to the gardai to catch the perpetrators.”