Gardaí investigating Mahon death
This morning Gardaí at Anglesea St investigating the serious assault of Patsy Deasy have arrested a man in his mid 20s in the Mahon area of Cork shortly after 9am.
Superintendent Barry McPolin told the Cork Independent that an arrest had been made this morning of “someone who we believe was involved in the event”.
“The investigation is progressing quite well. We have reviewed CCTV footage in the area and conducted door to door enquiries in the area,” he added.
The man is currently detained at the Bridewell Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended. The arrested man is understood to be known to gardaí.
Following the post-mortem examination of the body of Patsy Deasy on Tuesday, his death is now being treated as an unlawful killing.
The Blackrock man died on Monday in Cork University Hospital, two days after he was assaulted outside a pub in Mahon.
Gardaí investigating Mr Deasy’s death declined to reveal the outcome of the autopsy for operational reasons. It is believed that they are following a definite line of enquiry and have been studying CCTV footage taken from a nearby premises.
Mr Deasy was assaulted just before 1am on Saturday morning outside the Redcove Bar at Avenue De Rennes in Mahon.
He was placed in an induced coma but was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon after his life support machine was turned off at Cork University Hospital.
It is believed that the grandfather had been attending a birthday party at the pub. He went outside to check on his daughter-in-law when a disturbance broke out.
It is believed that Mr Deasy fell and suffered serious head injuries. He was brought to CUH where he underwent emergency surgery.
His family had kept a vigil at his bedside in the CUH all weekend, as his condition had been critical since the assault.
Mr Deasy worked for Cork City Council for the parks section for more than 25 years and was a popular member of staff.
Fianna Fáil Cllr Terry Shannon said that Mr Deasy was well-known in Blackrock and Mahon and was the public face of the city council. “It’s a great tragedy for the family, a very well-known Blackrock family in their own right”.
“He was a very conscientious worker, who would be out in all weathers – he was very dedicated,” he said. “He gave 25 years of loyal service to the city.”
“In the last few days, I’ve met quite a number of people who were good friends with him. Nobody had a bad word to say about him. He will be hugely missed," said Fine Gael Cllr Des Cahill.
“It’s very sad. The owners of the pub are very upset about what happened. Another local character Billy Fitton died at the age of 90 this week and there is such a sad contrast to see how Pat’s life was cut short,” Mr Cahill added.
Sinn Féin Cllr Chris O'Leary lives close to where the tragic incident occurred. “I know his family. He used to cut the grass near where I live. He was a very decent family man.
“It’s a very tragic loss of a man who was on a night out with his wife. Our thoughts are with his family.
Mr O’Leary said there was huge disbelief in the in the areas about what had happened. “There is shock that such a quiet, unassuming man would lose his life in this way. There has been a huge outpouring of sympathy for his family in the Mahon/Blackrock area.”
At the city council meeting on Monday night, city manager Tim Lucey also paid tribute to Mr Deasy.
"He was a very valued member of staff and my sympathies, and those of the entire city council, are with his family," he said.
Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses to this incident or to anyone that may have been in the area or the Redcove Bar between midnight and 2 am to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021-4522000, at Blackrock 021-4536690 or the Garda confidential telephone line 1800-666111 or any Garda Station.