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Monday 5 December 2016

Brutal slaying on city street is the second tragedy for family

Conor Conroy
Palmerstown stabbing
Palmerstown stabbing
Peter Conroy
Palmerstown stabbing
Palmerstown stabbing

THE family of a man who was stabbed to death on the capital’s streets are struggling to come to terms with the second tragedy to hit them in recent years.

Father-of-two Peter Conroy (25) died after being viciously stabbed at 3.30am yesterday in the Kennelsfort Road Lower guesthouse, Palmerstown, where both he and the suspect who was arrested lived.

His death comes little more than six years after Mr Conroy’s toddler cousin, two-year-old Conor Conroy, was killed when he was run over by a van outside his home in the Deansrath estate, Clondalkin.

Peter’s sister Louise has posted a moving tribute to him on Facebook saying how she cannot cope without him.

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Conor Conroy who was killed by a vehicle outside his home in Clondalkin in 2009

“Night my angel. Be up to see you tomorrow to hold your hand and kiss you goodbye. Night my big brother. Words can’t describe how I feel,” she wrote.

“It doesn’t even seem real. It’s like a bad dream. My heart is broken. I love you so much.”

Peter and Louise’s brother Anthony suffered a serious laceration to his left arm in yesterday’s frenzied attack.

He was rushed with Peter to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, but discharged himself on learning his brother had died from his injuries. He was due to be readmitted yesterday afternoon for surgery.

Peter Conroy is believed to have been attacked in the guesthouse but managed to escape and was chased down the street where the attack continued.

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Terrified people in the guesthouse ran screaming from the property.

The suspect, a man in his 30s, had been at a family wedding outside Dublin with a large number of his relatives, but the victim was not a guest.

Both the victim and the suspect are members of the Travelling community, but the victim’s father, Frankie, told the Herald he does not know what was behind the row.

“There’s no feud. We just don’t know. We’re waiting for the gardai to investigate. We’re just trying to come to terms with it all,” he said, declining to comment further because his wife is travelling home from abroad after hearing the news of her son’s death.

The scene of the attack was littered with bloodstained clothing and towels used on Mr Conroy’s wounds.

Up to 70 people who were in the guesthouse are expected to be interviewed over the coming days by detectives.

Little Conor Conroy died in May 2009. He was on his way to a shop across the road from his home when he was hit by a van.

His mother, Joanne, ran screaming to where he lay still clutching the €2 coin she had given him moments earlier.

“I was just getting the dinner ready and Conor asked me for €2 to go across to the shop, and then the next thing I knew was one of the kids on the street ran in and told me he had been knocked down,” said Joanne after his death.

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