‘We will miss his smile forever’ – tributes to tragic Peter

by Gazette Reporter

THE family of a pensioner who died after an alleged stabbing incident in his front garden have paid tribute to him.

Peter McDonald was pronounced dead after an altercation just outside his home at Whitechapel Road in Clonsilla, Blanchardstown on Saturday.

The 73-year-old was a long-term resident of the area and was well liked by neighbours who knew him to say hello to.

On Monday his heartbroken great-niece Ashleigh told how Peter, her Dad’s uncle, had taken her under his wing after her father died when she was just seven.

She told Dublin Gazette: “Peter was always there to look out for me and my brother. So he meant a lot to us. Our family lost a lot of members sadly and we’ve always looked out for one another.

“Peter was one of the most loving men I’ve had the privilege to call my family. He arrived to every special moment of my life keeping my Dad and Nan’s spirit alive.

“He loved a drink and often kept to himself… he would have done anything for anyone.”

Peter died of what gardai described as “apparent stab wounds” after he was attacked with a long blade shortly before 6am.

He had stepped out of the cottage where he lived alone to complain about the noise after the window of a car in a neighbouring driveway was smashed.

The pensioner was pronounced dead at the scene which was preserved for a technical examination.

Ashleigh said: “To think of this happening to him has absolutely broken me. He was a dad, an uncle, a granddad and a brother.

“He has one brother left alive now, his other brothers and sisters have passed away.

“My heart aches for my other uncle. There isn’t enough tears to cry with this situation and all the family will miss his smile forever.”

A man in his 40s was charged in connection to the incident in west Dublin at a court sitting on Monday.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that Patrick McDonagh, of Whitechapel Road, made no reply when a charge of murder was put to him.

Judge Gerard Jones granted free legal aid and ordered an evaluation after defence solicitor Sandra Frayne said her client had “psychiatric difficulties”.

Mr McDonagh was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court via video-link this Friday July 31.

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