Over 20 people quizzed as gardai hunt thugs who battered Dylan McCarthy to death over minor pub row
25th August 2022
GARDAI have interviewed over twenty people as they continue to hunt the thugs who battered innocent lad Dylan McCarthy.
The Irish Sun can further reveal people who were in the bar before Dylan, 29, was attacked, people who witnessed the horrific assault on the street and some of his pals, are all helping gardai with their inquiries also.
Their statements were taken as investigators continue to examine CCTV footage from the pub where he celebrated the birth of his nephew.
As part of the investigation, gardai are also seeking to establish his movements and ‘mindset’ in the hours before Dylan and his dad, Eamon, 51, were attacked.
They are satisfied that Dylan did not encounter the people who attacked him in the hours before the assault.
The main theory being explored is that a minor row erupted in the pub before Dylan and his dad were targeted in a violent attack outside.
Dylan’s dad remains in a serious condition in hospital after he suffered facial injuries.
Gardai also hope the CCTV can help track the movements of the thugs after the attack on the father and son.
Once statements have been analysed, gardai hope they can outline the reasons behind the row.
Detectives – who have all the resources of a murder inquiry – are currently following 100 lines of inquiry.
Dylan’s post mortem is due to be held later today or tomorrow.
One source said: “This is a huge investigation and a lot of statements from people who were present on the night have already been taken.
“But there are a lot more statements to take and eye witness accounts to be examined.
“It’s about gathering events in the hours before and after Dylan was attacked.
“It looks as if the row in the pub was caused by something minor and it has just turned into an awful tragedy.”
They also believe up to six people were involved in the attack on Dyland and his father.
But they suspect that three of the six people targeted Dylan by punching and kicking him in the head.
The attack is understood to have been captured on CCTV
Kilmallock Sinn Fein councillor PJ Carey told how there was still a sense of “shock and disbelief” in the local community.
SENSE OF SORROW
He said: “It’s just heartbreaking – this type of tragedy is all new to us here in Kilmallock.
“Dylan comes from a big family and there will be great support for his parents, family and friends.
“I don’t think people are angry – I think there is just this sense of sorrow at the loss of a young man who had his whole future ahead of him.
“Dylan’s family are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
A senior investigation officer has been appointed to lead the probe, while an incident room has been established at Kildare Garda station.
Anyone with information should contact Gardai on 045 045 527730 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.