Belfast Telegraph

Appeal after assault victim dies

Detectives have appealed for two men involved in the death of a man on St Patrick's night to give themselves up.

Joseph Connolly, 48, suffered head injuries after being assaulted during a row with the pair outside a pharmacy on Ballymun Road in north Dublin on Thursday at 9pm.

Superintendent John Gilligan, garda spokesman, said the incident happened quickly and he urged the attackers to hand themselves in.

"We know there are people out there who know what happened," he said.

"The people that did it, we would ask them to come forward or be brought forward and we'll talk to them, discreetly, and we'll sort this out."

Mr Connolly, who was single and is understood to have lived alone in the Poppintree area, was conscious when an ambulance arrived to treat him.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital but later transferred to Beaumont where his condition deteriorated. He died on Friday afternoon.

Local parish priest Fr Gerry Corcoran, who knew the dead man, offered his sympathies to his family.

He said: "He was a very inoffensive man from a nice family. Our prayers are with his family."

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Ballymun.

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