Monday 24 October 2016

Two women arrested in connection with Temple Bar attack that led to death of father-of three

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

GardaI investigating a violent assault in Temple Bar in which a man was fatally injured arrested two young women yesterday.

Gareth O’Connor (29) died in hospital the day after being assaulted in Cow’s Lane on Thursday.

Four men – aged in their 20s and 30s – were arrested and were later released without charge.

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The two women detained by gardai yesterday were both aged in their early 20s.

Both were questioned at Pearse Street Garda Station, and one of the women was later released without charge. A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The other woman remained in custody last night.


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

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Mr O’Connor, of Harelawn Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, was rushed to St James’s Hospital, but he died hours later.

Gardai said a number of people in the vicinity took photographs and video as the incident escalated.

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Gardai want anybody who may have witnessed the incident to come forward. They would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Cow’s Lane between 8.30pm and 9pm that night.

Also, anyone with images of the violent incident should contact them at Pearse Street Garda Station at 01-6669000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

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