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Friday 19 July 2019

Tributes to father-of-four who died after 'assault' at party for McGregor fight

Chef Graham Tobin has died
Chef Graham Tobin has died

Tributes have been paid to a married father-of four who died following a suspected serious assault at a house party after the Conor McGregor fight earlier this month.

Graham Tobin (41) was found with serious injuries at around 9.30am on October 6 at a house in the Sruth An Iuir area of Oram, near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.

Mr Tobin is believed to have been attending an after-party following Conor McGregor's Las Vegas UFC bout, which finished after 5am Irish time.

He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, in Drogheda, Co Louth, before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin for specialist treatment. He died on Thursday.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Padraig McNally expressed his sympathy to Mr Tobin's family.

"I'd be a frequent visitor to the restaurant where he was a chef," Cllr McNally told the Herald.

"I suppose we'll never know what the full circumstances of his death were but it's highly, highly tragic and he's left behind four young boys."

Cllr McNally said that the community was "in shock", adding that another man had died earlier this year following an assault in a nearby town.

Sympathy

"We had a young man assaulted on the Main Street in Carrickmacross earlier this year.

"He died in hospital a number of weeks later, and he was assaulted on the day that he was baptising his twins," he said.

"This is becoming all too frequent.

"I want to express my sympathy to his widow and his boys, and everyone that knew him."

Mr Tobin worked at Watters Old Coach Inn, which posted a moving tribute to its "esteemed colleague" on Facebook.

"It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely passing of our esteemed colleague Graham Tobin," it read.

"Graham became a highly valued and greatly appreciated colleague and treasured friend to us all in the short time he was with us.

"We in The Old Coach Inn would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Graham's wife Ramona, his sons Noah, Zach, Jake and Alex, and the extended Tobin and Marron families.

"May his soul rest in eternal peace."

A notice on RIP.ie said Mr Tobin will be: "Sadly missed and remembered with love by his heartbroken family, his wife Ramona, sons Noah, Alex, Zach and Jake, his parents Noel and Madge, sisters Leah and Jennifer, Leah's partner Damian, parents-in-law Eamon and Mary Marron, sisters-in-law Andrea and Stephanie, brother-in-law Simon, relatives and friends."

Gardai confirmed Mr Tobin's death on Thursday and said that a man in his 20s has been charged in relation to the incident.

"Gardai investigating a serious assault at a house at Sruth An Iuir, Oram, Castleblayney, can confirm that a man in his 40s injured in the incident has died," a spokesperson said.

"A man in his 20s appeared at Cavan District Court on October 11 charged in relation to the incident."

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