Tuesday 15 January 2019

Suspect facing trial over death of plumber (22)

row: Youths clashed outside city nightclub

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the manslaughter of another man following a row near a Dublin nightclub.

Barry Walsh (22), from Park Lawn, Castleknock, died after a row broke out between two groups of young men on the outskirts of Fairview Park.

It erupted when revellers left the Bar Code nightclub on October 11, 2009.

Mr Walsh died from head injuries after falling into a coma.

Dean O'Reilly (23), of Lower Sheriff Street, was charged with Walsh's manslaughter two weeks ago.

He was taken before the Criminal Courts of Justice where Garda Det Sgt Fionnuala Olohan, of Clontarf station, gave evidence of charging him with manslaughter.


O'Reilly was remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Following the 2009 incident, Walsh, an apprentice plumber, was rushed to the Mater Hospital but was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was on life support, but he died within a couple of days.

After his death, Fr Dan Joe O'Mahony said the Walshes were one of the most respected families in the Laurel Lodge area of Castleknock and that the community was shocked by the death. He is survived by his parents, Bernard and Ena, and his brother Adam.

Gardai had a high level of co-operation following the killing from those who witnessed what unfolded at Fairview Park and those who attended Bar Code earlier that night. Several arrests were made in the weeks after the incident.

Fairview Park has been the location for a number of high- profile attacks. The brutal beating of student Guido Nasi was carried out at the park in 1999.

The Italian teenager was viciously assaulted in an attack which left him paralysed.

He was attacked by two youths and suffered a fractured skull after one of the attackers smashed his head with a beer bottle.

Nasi has never walked or talked since the incident and can only type with the aid of three functioning fingers.

And the killing of a gay man in 1983 in the park attracted considerable media attention. At the time, the northside park was a popular gay pick-up point.

Declan Flynn (31), from Dublin, was unlucky enough to come into contact with a gang of teenagers who had been frequenting the park with the sole purpose of "queer bashing".

He died in a vicious and sustained attack and the killing prompted the country's first Gay Pride march.


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