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Bar brawl father stabbed to death

A father-of-two was beaten and stabbed to death after an ongoing feud between two families descended into a bar brawl and street fight.

Gerard Delaney became involved in the row in Cork city late on Monday night after a relative phoned and asked him and others for back up in the pub.

He had been babysitting his grandchildren with his wife Mary at his home in the Mahon area of the city.

It is understood the 51-year-old went to the Manhattan bar on Lower Friars Walk after midnight when several relatives became involved in a confrontation with members of the Crinnion family.

Mr Delaney's brother Finbarr had been involved in a court case last month against 26-year-old Robert Crinnion who was accused of stabbing him outside his Cork home in a machete attack last February.

Gardai have been investigating allegations that threats to kill have been made against the Delaney family linked to the prosecution. Graffiti has been daubed on walls in parts of Cork city stating "Delaney is a rat" and there have also been claims that the family were threatened on posting on the internet.

It is believed Gerard Delaney did not have convictions for serious crime and had tried to keep himself out of the family feud.

Two other people were injured in the street fight - an 18-year-old man and a woman in her 20s. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Two men were arrested at the pub on public order offences and later released without charge. Investigations are ongoing, said a Garda spokesman.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses to contact the garda incident room in Togher.

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