Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Pub death man punched and run over

Brian Doyle was found dead outside Fitzgerald's pub

A man who died after a pub row over a football match was struck by a car after being punched to the ground, it has been revealed.

Brian "Brier" Doyle, 48, fell onto the main street in Avoca, Co Wicklow, when he was assaulted during a heated argument about the game between Everton and Liverpool on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed claims he was hit by a car as he lay on the road outside Fitzgerald's pub, known to television viewers as the backdrop to the hit series Ballykissangel.

Investigating gardai are appealing to motorists who drove through the small picturesque village around 9pm that night to contact them.

In particular, they are looking to speak to the driver of a four-wheel drive vehicle or SUV believed to have passed the scene around that time who may have seen the attack.

Gardai stressed they are not connecting that driver to the incident but want to speak to them about what they may have witnessed.

Technical experts have carried out a forensic examination of a number of vehicles that were in the village that night. Officers have also interviewed several people who had been drinking in the bar on Sunday evening.

Bachelor Mr Doyle, who lived at Kilmagig in Avoca, was among customers in Fitzgerald's watching the Merseyside Premier League derby earlier in the day.

It is thought he was punched and collapsed onto the street during a fall-out with a rival fan after stepping outside for a cigarette.

A female passer-by discovered his body a short time later. Emergency services were called to the scene but attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful.

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