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Saturday 16 December 2017

Family's farewell to street clash victim

The funeral has taken place of cancer survivor Phyllis Black who died after an altercation in Dublin's inner city.

The 51-year-old retired care worker died at her Liberty House home, hours after discharging herself from the Mater Hospital on May 20.

She had been out socialising with friends when she became involved in an altercation in Parnell Street during which she fell.

Following an appeal by the gardai and the Black family, a young woman voluntarily went to Store Street Garda Station.

Sources said she was "very upset" and gave a "full and frank" statement to gardai in which she admitted her involvement in the altercation.

The woman was released without charge but a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions to decide if charges will be brought.

Phyllis went to the Mater Hospital after the incident but returned home by taxi around 5am on Sunday May 20.

She died a few hours later in her home and was discovered by her brother lying on the floor beside her bed.







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She had been cleared of breast cancer following a three-year battle.



A death notice placed by her family described Phyllis as the "beloved partner of the late Brian and daughter of Winnie and the late John".

It said she would be "sadly missed by her loving mother, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends".

cmallon@herald.ie

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