Father-of-three Dermot Byrne (54) was known to be an accomplished pool player
A father-of-three who was beaten to death in Swords in the early hours of Sunday morning has been described as “one of the nicest and most genuine people you could wish to meet”.
Dermot Byrne (54) was found badly beaten on North Street in the county Dublin town at around 3am after he was set upon by a number of assailants. He later died of his injuries.
A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder investigation, and gardaí are continuing to collect evidence through witness statements and from CCTV images.
The victim is believed to have been from the area, and he was said to have been out socialising in the town prior to the attack, which occurred at a location just off Main Street.
Mr Byrne was known to be an accomplished pool player who regularly travelled throughout the country to take part in tournaments.
In a statement released through its Facebook page on Monday morning the Irish Blackball Association, which coordinates the sport in Ireland, paid tribute to Mr Byrne and said the pool world had “lost one of its own”.
“The Irish Blackball Association on behalf of every player who has ever met Dermot wish to convey their deepest sympathies to his family on this most tragic loss. Dermot will be missed by everyone he met.
“He was one of the nicest and most genuine people anyone could wish to meet. A true gentleman who never had a cross word with any soul,” it read.
Large parts of the town remained sealed off on Sunday evening as gardaí continued technical examinations at the scene of the attack.
It is thought that there may have been a large number of witnesses given the number of people likely to have been out in Swords at the time, with various busy nightspots located nearby.