Photo emerges of man, 22, killed by ‘one punch’ in beach assault

St James Swifts FC held a minute’s silence for the family on Saturday night at a presentation ceremony.

Afterwards they posted on Facebook: “The Swifts would like to send sincere condolences to our player Kyle O’Neill and family on the tragic death of his brother Darren.

“Kyle was to receive a top goal scorer award at our presentation last night, instead we held an impeccably observed minutes silence. Rest in Peace Darren.”

In a Facebook post, Shamrock Football Club wrote: “All at Shamrock FC would like to pass on their sincerest condolences to two of our ladies players, Danielle and Nikita O’Neill and their family on the untimely passing of their brother Darren O’Neill under such tragic circumstances.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. May he rest in peace.”

Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazzard told The Sun: “There is shock and sadness in the local community following the death of a 22 year-old man in an incident in Tyrella beach. A police investigation is underway and that must be allowed to proceed. 

“My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of this young man at this tragic time.”

A 21-year-old man was charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to the assault and is due to appear in court in July.

A post mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of Mr O’Neill’s death.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said: “I would like to offer my sympathy to the family and friends of Darren at this very sad time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding Darren’s death and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1913 27/06/19.”

A special memorial event will be held to honour Mr O’Neill on Sunday evening.

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