Man killed in row over move in chess game

 Gardaí remove the body of Tom O'Gorman from a house in Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A row over a move in a chess game is believed to have been a factor in the latest in a series of violent deaths across Ireland since the start of the new year.

An Italian national was being held overnight by gardaí in relation to the death of the owner of a house in Castleknock in the early hours of yesterday.

Gardaí received a 999 call to the large detached house at Beech Park Avenue in the up-market northside suburb at around 1.50am.

A man in his late 30s with serious injuries was discovered on the premises and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

He was named yesterday as Tom O’Gorman who worked as a researcher with the right-wing Catholic organisation, the Iona Institute.

Detectives believe he was attacked and stabbed in a dispute relating to a game of chess. Garda sources described the scene as one of the most gruesome ever encountered.

The other occupant of the house, who raised the alarm and is understood to be a tenant, was arrested and held for questioning in relation to the fatal attack.

The 34-year-old Italian was being held overnight at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Mr O’Gorman, who previously worked as a journalist for the religious publication, The Voice Today, is a graduate of history from UCD, while he also held a diploma in legal studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

It is believed the dead man has a brother, Paul, who lives in Donegal and a sister, Catherine, who is based in Britain.

The house where the fatal assault took place is Mr O’Gorman’s family home where he lived with his mother until her death in 2012. His father, who worked as a vet, is also deceased.

State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a preliminary inspection of the scene yesterday morning before the body was transferred to Dublin city morgue for an autopsy.

A local priest, Fr Denis O’Connor, expressed shock at the death, adding that he knew Mr O’Gorman from his role as a minister of the Eucharist at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Castleknock for a number of years. “He was a devout man. He was well liked.”

David Quinn, the founder and director of the Iona Institute and a well-known commentator on religious affairs, last night paid tribute to his friend and colleague.

Mr Quinn said he wished to express on behalf of everyone at the organisation their total shock and deep sorrow at Mr O’Gorman’s terrible and untimely death.

“He was a fond and dear friend and we will all miss him,” said Mr Quinn.

Meanwhile, two men are being questioned by gardaí in relation to the fatal stabbing of a man during a party at an apartment complex in Finglas over the weekend.

The body of father-of-one Vincent Maher, 29, was discovered in his flat at Springmount Apartments on Wellmount Road, Finglas, on Saturday.

Neighbours reported hearing a row during a party which was being held at the flat where the unemployed painter lived on his own.

The two latest fatal incidents in Dublin over the weekend bring the total of violent deaths here since the start of the year to seven.

The others are:

Jan 1 — Dale Creighton, 20, Tallaght, Co Dublin.

Jan 1 — Wayne McQuillan, 30, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Jan 5 — Thomas Horan, 63, Ringsend, Dublin.

Jan 7 — Christy Daly, 47, Clara, Co Offaly.

Jan 9 — Michael O’Dwyer, 25, Tramore, Co Waterford.

Gardaí have made arrests in all cases except for the murder of Mr Daly.


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