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Monday 22 January 2018

Man celebrating his new job died after he was impaled on gate

Tragic Mick Burke (35) was due to start a new job
Tragic Mick Burke (35) was due to start a new job

A man who is believed to have died after being impaled while climbing over a gate had been celebrating getting a new job only hours earlier.

Mick Burke (35), from Dalkey, died early yesterday after suff- ering a number of puncture wounds to his body.

It is understood he was due to start the new job on Monday morning.

He previously worked in the local SuperValu as a butcher.

Shaken

Mr Burke's body was found in a private laneway leading to an apartment block just off Convent Road at around 8.30am.

A garda forensics team was at the scene yesterday, while shocked local people gathered on hearing the news.

The body was still at the scene in the afternoon, with the area cordoned off.

A close friend of Mr Burke, who grew up and went to school with him, visited the scene and described him as a "lovely fella", but was too shaken to say more.

Another local resident said Mr Burke "always stopped to say hello".

Singer Chris De Burgh, who used to live in the area and was walking by, said: "I can't really say anything because I don't live here any more.

"I'm very sorry about what happened - I just hope it wasn't anything dreadful."

Another local man said Mr Burke was very well-known and well-liked in the area.

He said he and his family had grown up in Dalkey, and described him as a "good old skin".

"Everybody knows everybody in Dalkey," he added.

The man said there was initial fear locally that something sinister had happened when they first saw the scene cordoned off.

Shooting

"People thought there had been a shooting or something," he said.

"Mick has lived in the village since he was a baby. There's a lot of shock and a lot of lads live here around the same age as him.

"He was just a nice, un- assuming fella. He was very well liked in the village, everybody knew him, he was a good old skin.

"I saw him all the time, I only saw him last week.

"I wouldn't have known him that well, but we'd always say hello to each other."

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