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Pregnant woman mourns stab victim

A heavily pregnant woman is mourning the death of her husband who was stabbed to death in a violent brawl.

Up to ten people were involved in a row that broke out in the quiet Arden View housing estate in Tullamore, Co Offaly, shortly before 11am on Monday.

The victim was named locally as 28-year-old settled Traveller Derek McDonagh, a father-of-one whose wife Theresa is due to give birth.

Three men from another Travelling family are being questioned in relation to the attack.

Councillor Brendan Killeavy, a Sinn Fein member of Tullamore Town Council, said Mr McDonagh's killing left the community in shock.

"They are a very very quiet family and are well respected in Arden View and well liked," he said.

"They have never given a bit of trouble and keep themselves to themselves.

"This has come completely out of the blue. We're shocked and devastated.

"It's a sad day for Tullamore and for his family."

It is understood the row was not part of any long-standing feud among families but broke out when three men in a van arrived at Mr McDonagh's house after an earlier argument.

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