Stephen remembered as easy going and kind

AS the family of the man who died after an alleged assault on the street in Killorglin prepares for his funeral, gardai are still anxious to hear from anybody that may have been in the vicinity of The Square in Killorglin between 2.15am and 2.45am on Sunday morning last.

They are particularly anxious to hear from any motorist with dash-cam footage that might be of help or any taxi drivers who would have been in the area at the time.

Investigating officers have already spoken to a number of witnesses but no arrests have been made. The results of a post-mortem examination, conducted on Tuesday, will direct the course of the investigation but the findings are not being released for operational reasons.

Stephen O’Connor (32), from Cappantanvally, Glencar, died on Monday in Cork University Hospital after being transferred from University Hospital Kerry where he had been brought by ambulance in the early hours of Sunday.

Stephen was taken to University Hospital Kerry before being transferred to CUH

An incident occurred outside a fast food premises at approximately 2.20am and Stephen suffered serious major head injuries. Before the life-support system was switched off in the Cork hospital, his family made the brave decision to donate his organs to help others.

As he close-knit community in Glencar struggled to come to terms with the shocking tragedy this week, Stephen was described as popular, easy going and kind. He had worked in construction and in agriculture and he was living at home with his parents.

One local, who knew Stephen well, said he was very well liked and a gentleman who didn’t socialise in Killorglin very often, preferring to stay closer to home in Glencar.

He is survived by his father and mother, Pat and Kathleen, sisters Eibhlin, Marie and Michelle, brothers Cormac and Patrick, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, two nieces, other relatives and many friends.

Reposing this Thursday at Flynn’s Funeral Home, Killorglin from 5.00pm to 7.30pm, removal will take place on Friday morning to St Stephen’s Church, Glencar for Requiem Mass at 11.00am with burial afterwards in Cummer Cemetery, Glencar.

The family has asked for donations, in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to Brú Columbanus Cork.

Anyone with any information that might be of assistance is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064-6671160 or any garda station.

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