Drunken party row ended in stabbing

Gardaí believe a fatal stabbing in Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, on Thursday night happened during a drink-fuelled row at a house party.

The dead man, Shane Murphy, aged 31, was from Lee Estate, St Mary’s Park, Limerick. Two men, aged 20 and 31, arrested at the scene, were still being questioned by gardaí at Henry Street and Roxboro Road stations last night.

It is believed the dead man had been staying with a woman, aged 34, at her council home in The Grove for a number of months. About seven people, all adults from Limerick city had gathered at the house on Thursday night for a party.

Locals say there had been ongoing problems with people calling to parties at the house.

One of the arrested men has an address at Kilteragh, and the other comes from Ballinacurra Weston.

Chief Supt David Sheahan said: “The body was removed at 1pm today after the state pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy visited the scene. The body was brought to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem. Our forensic people from Dublin are carrying out an examination of the scene. We are trying to find out the connections between the people who were in the house and that’s part of our investigation. The woman who was in the house received a slight wound.”

The woman, who has a young daughter, was treated for non-life threatening stab wounds at University Hospital Limerick. The fatal stabbing happened at around 11.20pm after a row erupted.

A mother of a young family who lives in the estate said: “A neighbour rang me and told me there was an ambulance and a crowd across the road. I heard shouting when I went out and saw a fellow being arrested and put into a patrol car.”

She said her children went out to see what had happened, adding: “My daughter was very afraid and upset and last night I had to stay and sleep with her. Even this morning she was afraid leaving the house to get the school bus.”

Another resident, who also asked not to be named, said there had been frequent parties at the house involving people coming out from the city.

The resident said: “There have been lots of people coming and going over the years at the house. They come out from the city and you’d see them going into the house with drink. Local residents have been calling on the council to move people out of the house. The person next door moved out.”

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