THE communities of Johnstown and Urlingford have been numbed by the death of James”Duff” Tynan from Johnstown yesterday evening. His family and girlfriend Fiona Morrissey were by his side when the life support machine, which was aiding his breathing, was turned off at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. He was assaulted outside Hayes’s Hotel, Thurles at around 1.30am on Sunday morning and never regained consciousness in what gardai believe was an unprovoked assault.
It brought back memories of another assault on a Johnstown man in 1999 when Kilkenny hurler, PJ Delaney was left for dead after an attack close to where James Tynan was assaulted.
Parish priest of Johnstown, Fr Frank Maher said the tragedy had devastated the Tynan family and appealed for an end to violence on the streets. “James never knew this man and he just isn’t the kind of person who would be in trouble like that,” he said. A 22-year-old man, understood to be from Co Tipperary, was released from custody on Monday night without charge after being questioned by gardai. The dead man was an uncle of Kilkenny People photographer, Eoin Hennessy.