Gardaí are investigating whether a man who died on Christmas Eve was attacked at his home by four men armed with hammers

Gardai are investigating whether a man who died on Christmas Eve was attacked at his home in Louth by up to four men armed with hammers.

The victim, known locally as Brian Reynolds, 40, suffered serious injuries following the suspected gang attack in Drogheda last Thursday, December 22nd.

Detectives believe the incident was deliberate and are investigating whether associates of a local crime gang were involved.

Brian Reynolds also ran a local business near his home, although robbery is not currently believed to be a motive.

Up to four men are believed to have taken part in the attack, which took place at the victim’s Rathmullen Park home.

Emergency services were alerted around 7.30pm and Mr Reynolds was transferred to nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

However, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he was pronounced dead yesterday.

Gardai gave details of the death this afternoon and said they are investigating all the circumstances surrounding it.

A source told a murder investigation will be launched once a formal post-mortem has been completed.

“At this point, all indications are that this man died following a targeted attack by people with ties to the (anti-Maguire) gang.

“However, the investigation is still in its early stages and several lines of inquiry are still under review.”

The anti-Maguire faction is led by two brothers who are currently on the run from Gardai because they face serious charges in that jurisdiction.

They were involved in a violent feud with associates of mob boss Owen Maguire in Drogheda for several years, which resulted in four murders.

A Gardaí spokesman said: “Gardaí is investigating all the circumstances of the death of a man who died on Thursday 22 April 2007.

“The man, in his 40s, was discovered with serious injuries at around 7:30pm on Thursday 22 December 2022 at a residential building in Rathmullan Park, Drogheda, County Louth.

“He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda Hospital, where he died on the evening of December 24, 2022.

“The office of the state pathologist and the local coroner have been notified and a post-mortem examination will be performed on Monday, December 26, 2022, the results of which will help determine the course of the investigation,” the spokesman said.

“A full technical investigation of the Rathmullan Park crime scene has been carried out by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit.

Gardaí is appealing to anyone with information that may assist in this investigation to come forward.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200, Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station,” the spokesman added. Gardaí are investigating whether a man who died on Christmas Eve was attacked at his home by four men armed with hammers

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