Murder investigation launched into death of popular Kilkenny musician

Mary Cody


Mary Cody


Murder investigation launched into death of popular Kilkenny musician

Musician Damien O'Brien died following an assault in Waterford city.

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation into the death of Kilmacow musician Damien O'Brien who died following an assault in the city earlier this month.  

27-year-old Damien was assaulted in Waterford city in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 7) at the junction of John Street and The Manor.

He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford and subsequently transferred to Cork University Hospital where he passed away last Friday (July 13).

A postmortem has shown that the Kilmacow  native died from head injuries. 

A member of Waterford indie rock and roll band Chimpanbee, Damien was 'a brother, friend and prodigal son' behind the keyboard. 

 Tributes have been paid to the memory of the talented keyboard player.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on the morning of July 8 and detained at Waterford Garda Station in connection with the assault.

“He was released without charge on the evening of the July 8 and a file will be prepared for the D.P.P. The investigation is ongoing.

“Investigating gardai are appealing for anyone with information and to any person who may have witnessed this assault to contact the gardai at Waterford 051-305300, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.