Saturday 22 October 2016

Face of dad-of-three (27) who died in hospital after one-punch assault

The scene in Cow’s Lane where Mr O’Connor was attacked

A Dublin dad has died after a brutal one-punch attack in Temple Bar.

Gareth O'Connor (27) originally from Harelawn Avenue in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, passed away at approximately 5.30pm yesterday, almost 24 hours after being attacked in Dublin's city centre.

The father-of-three was socialising with a group of men, including his brother and his nephew, when they became involved in a verbal altercation with another group.

The incident happened at approximately 8.45pm on Thursday at Cow's Lane, Temple Bar.

It has emerged that after Mr O'Connor was struck, the 33-year old man who allegedly punched him was attacked himself and knocked unconscious.

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The suspect, from the Hartstown area was brought to St James's Hospital for treatment for severe facial injuries which may include fractures.


However, after being treated in the hospital, he was arrested at 4.15am and is being held in Irishtown Garda Station. He is well known to gardai for previous incidents.

Another two men, aged 35 and 27, who are suspected of assaulting Mr O'Connor's attacker were also arrested and are today being questioned in Pearse Street Garda Station. They are from the Lucan area.

A fourth man from Killester who is an associate of the man who attacked Mr O' Connor was also arrested and he is being quizzed in Kevin Street Garda Station.

Tributes last night poured in for Mr O'Connor, who played football for Lucan club Arthur Griffith Park.

A post on the club's Facebook page stated: "Terrible news to hear of the passing of one of our players earlier today. RIP Gareth 'Garzy' O Connor. We will all miss you so much".

The club has also postponed its matches this weekend as a mark of respect.

Neighbours last night told the Herald how Mr O'Connor was "well-known and well-liked" in the area.

A family friend described how the O'Connors were simply "devastated" after receiving a phone call telling them that their loved one had passed away.

Gardai investigating the incident want to speak to anyone who has video footage of the attack, with sources explaining that several people recorded the melee on their phones.

Separately a 28-year-old is fighting for his life after being knocked unconscious during an assault in Monoghan.

The incident happened at approximately 11.50pm on Thursday at Woodview, Killygowan.

The victim was rushed to Cavan General Hospital with head injuries. His condition subsequently deteriorated and he was transferred to Dublin's Beamount Hospital.

A 19-year-old has been arrested in relation to the incident.


Meanwhile, a Brazilian teenager is considering leaving Ireland after he was brutally stabbed for his mobile phone on the North Strand Road.

Gabriel Lima (18) was last night recovering from surgery to his abdomen area.

He and pal Luis Fellipe Couto (21) were walking home from the city centre at around 4am on Friday when two men approached them asking for the time.

They tried to grab Gabriel's phone and when he resisted one of the men stabbed him and both attackers fled.

Speaking to the Herald Luis Fillepe, and his friend Nayara Puche, who helped translate, revealed his horror at the violent mugging. The men have been here for just five months.

"In the hospital Gabriel was saying please let's change my ticket so I can go home because it's too dangerous here," Nayara said. "Even in Brazil nothing like that has ever happened."

Gardai said investigations are ongoing and no arrests have been made.

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