‘A cloud of sadness over the community’: Tributes paid after Dylan McCarthy, 29, died following attack in Kildare

A “cloud of sadness” has fallen over a Limerick community following the death of Dylan McCarthy, who was seriously injured after an attack over the weekend.

r McCarthy, 29, suffered serious head injuries after an incident in Monasterevin, Kildare, in the early hours of Sunday.

Ambulance services were alerted to the scene on Dublin Road around 12.30am and found him lying unconscious on the ground.

His father, aged in his 50s, also suffered facial wounds and was taken to Portlaoise Hospital with his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening.

Dylan was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was treated for traumatic head wounds.

However, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he was pronounced dead this afternoon and an autopsy was to take place.

He was originally from the Kilmallock area of ​​Limerick but is said to have recently resided in Cork.

Local priest Father Chris O’Donnell said the entire community was in shock after Dylan’s tragic death.

He said the community will gather around families in times of need and “give them reasons for hope.”

“There are no words, it’s really just unimaginable, there’s been a bit of tragedy even in Limerick lately, just in the last few days,” he said.

“First of all, our thoughts as a community are with Dylan’s family, his parents and sister, they are just such a good, quiet, humble family that is very much appreciated here.

“So we are devastated for them and wish they and other innocent families like this family in Ballintubber could be spared from these tragic events.

“To be honest with the town, it’s like a cloud or blanket of sadness has settled over the town of Kilmallock and also the neighboring communities where Dylan’s mother is originally from.

“People are devastated, just a lot of grief and sadness and disbelief and anger really too.”

Father O’Donnell said Dylan was a “very popular” young man and had a large circle of friends.

“I don’t know Dylan personally but his mother is very involved in the parish but just anyone who knew Dylan and the family, Dylan lived and worked in Kilmallock, he recently moved to Cork,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

“He’s very involved in the GAA, so between neighbors and friends, work colleagues, ex-teachers, the GAA community, the waves are everywhere because he’s been very popular.

“They’re a lovely family and I suppose it’s every parent’s nightmare and almost every parent in the area is thinking of their own kids and holding them a little bit closer because in a lot of ways it feels like Dylan is in.” Moment everyone’s son and brother.

“We’re not the only community faltering right now, but these tragedies make everyone question, but good always triumphs, we need to remember that too.”

Luckily, he said Father Pat, one of the retired priests in the parish, was a really good friend of Dylan’s mother and had been with the family.

“So there’s a lot of love and caring, I know the focus now here in Kilmallock is how we’re going to respond and I know the community, such a great community will be embracing Dylan’s family with just as much love and light now and support as possible.

“Such great tragedies must be met with even greater love, and people will do that. Unfortunately, in times of tragedy, we see the innate goodness in people, they tend to trigger an outpouring of love and caring, almost to remind us that we cannot let the darkness win.”

https://www.independent.ie/news/a-cloud-of-sadness-over-the-community-tributes-paid-after-dylan-mccarthy-29-died-after-assault-in-kildare-41930968.html ‘A cloud of sadness over the community’: Tributes paid after Dylan McCarthy, 29, died following attack in Kildare

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