A row led to the death of 28-year-old James (Jay) Banville, from Raheen, outside Clonroche, in Co Wexford, at about 3.20am on Saturday morning in Waterford City.
The incident, at New Street, happened just hours into a ‘purple flag weekend’ aimed at underlining the city as a safe and vibrant place.
Mr Banville was pronounced dead at University Hospital Waterford, after gardaí found him on a city centre street.
A member of the public had alerted gardaí to an “altercation” on New Street between the victim and another man.
On arrival at the scene, gardaí found the 28-year-old had been stabbed. The Wexford man was socialising in Waterford on Friday night.
He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford, but pronounced dead.
A 35-year-old man, who is understood to be a non-Irish national who lives in Waterford, was arrested near the scene of the crime, and was held for questioning over the weekend by gardaí at Waterford garda station, under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. The man is due to appear before a district court in Waterford this morning in connection with the incident.
The row happened around the corner from John Street, which leads to the main thoroughfare in Waterford’s city centre.
Gardaí sealed off a section of New Street and a technical examination of the scene was carried out on Saturday, while a post-mortem was performed on the body at University Hospital Waterford.
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time, or who may have any information, to contact them.
“In particular, they are appealing to two young women who were in John’s Lane, at the Park Lane Apartments, between 3am and 4am [on Saturday morning], and who may have witnessed an incident, to contact the incident room at Waterford on 051-305300, the garda confidential line, 1800 666111, or any garda station,” the gardaí said. The location is a few hundred metres from O’Connell Street, where a man in his 40s was was stabbed and injured at about 6.45pm on Thursday. He was treated in hospital for injuries, which were described as “non-life threatening”. A man in his 20s was arrested.
Waterford had been celebrating ‘purple flag weekend’, which involves businesses, the local council, and the Chamber of Commerce. The city was designated a purple-flag area last year by the Association of City and Town Management.
The designation recognises “good-quality evening and night-time economy, where people can enjoy a safe night out in a pleasant environment”.
Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse, has offered his condolences to the family of Saturday morning’s fatal stabbing. He said it has been a difficult few days for the area, following the stabbing in O’Connell Street on Thursday evening, and the death of 16-year-old Katie Murphy, from nearby Ballinamona, in a crash in Tramore on Wednesday evening.
He urged witnesses to the early-morning incident to contact the authorities. “Anyone who could have seen anything, or who knows anything about it, should contact the guards and let them know any information,” Mr Wyse said.
The mayor added that people should not be put off socialising in, or visiting, the city. “This is not a regular thing that happens in Waterford.”