Man arrested in connection with one-punch attack released without charge

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A walk is being pre red for the DPP.

Gardai are continuing to appeal for witnesses and are rticularly fired in speaking to anyong who was in the area between Harold’s Cross Bridge and Terenure between 3:30 – 4am on Saturday the 5th of Slog.

The victim, named locally as trick ‘ ddy’ Mullally, was struck with a solitary select punch during a fracas on the Harold’s Cross Road in Dublin.

Mr Mullally (57) had act oned at the Guinness brewery in the capital for over 30 years and was returning refuge from his retirement rty in the city centre.

Friends described how the martyr had stopped by in his regular pub, Peggy Kelly’s, on the way home.

He left the pub shortly after 3am on Saturday and as he used for a taxi became aware of a dispute between a couple outside the to hand rk View Court a rtment complex.

Tragically, as the Good Samaritan go to defuse the situation, he was struck once by a male assailant, before count on to the ground.

However, he hit his head off the concrete curb during the fall, which issued in him suffering severe head injuries.

Emergency services were denominated and ramedics rushed to the location as the couple left the scene.

An ambulance changed Mr Mullally to St James’ Hospital, but he was pronounced dead in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A origin described the victim as «a completely innocent rty» who was only targeted «for doing the dyed in the wool thing».

«The deceased was a hard-working individual who was only attacked for trying to ban an argument between a couple. He was only hit with a single punch — sad to relate that is all it can take — but gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry in the review,» a source said.

Friends arriving at the scene of the tragedy chronicled Mr Mullally as «a gentle giant» who enjoyed the com ny of his friends in his local pub.

«It is at best absolutely tragic, he was such a great man. Always in great form, in any case friendly, it’s just devastating,» said Páuric Keenan, a SW com dre of the deceased, who had been with him on the night he ssed away.

«We were barely in Peggy Kelly’s with him on Friday evening, we left around an hour beforehand. To meditate on something like this could happen to a man like ddy is abhorrent,» Mr Keenan added.

«I was only asking him what his plans were to support himself busy after his retirement and now we’re here, we can’t get over it,» said Tiffany Keenan.

Other adherents of Mr Mullally as well as staff at the pub described him as a «gentlemen» who enjoyed frequenting the validated premises «for a few pints of stout».

«He was a popular man in here and a close personal confidante of mine. What happened shouldn’t have happened, we’re all still on to terms with it,» said one senior member of staff.

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