'inexpressible grief' | 

Tributes paid to brave dad who died after trying to stop thieves stealing his car

"No family should ever have to go through this"

Ian McDonnell RIP

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The family of Dublin businessman Ian McDonnell who died days after he tried to stop thieves from stealing his car have described their “inexpressible grief” at his passing.

The brave dad-of-three, who was the Dublin manager of Ozone Cars on the Robinhood Road in Clondalkin, was run over when he tried to stop at least one man stealing his car near the premises last Sunday.

He sustained critical injuries when he was carried on the bonnet before being thrown onto the road as the thieves sped away from the scene.

Sadly, Mr McDonnell (50) died from his injuries in Tallaght Hospital on Friday night.

In a notice posted on RIP.ie, it states that the death has occurred of Ian McDonnell “to the inexpressible grief of his heartbroken wife Monica (nee Beirne) and children Clodagh, Gareth and Aoife”.

Ian McDonnell

It adds: “Ian will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his wife and children, sister Sandra McFadden (husband Keith), sisters-in-law Irene and her husband Andrew, Olga and her partner Richard, brother-in-law Adrian and his wife Tracy, aunts Breda, Monica and Laura, nieces and nephews, Joseph, Ciara, Colm, Rachel, Karen, Sara and Vanessa.

“He is also fondly remembered by his many close friends.”

It also says that the McDonnell and Beirne families “are very grateful for your support, sympathy and prayers at this very sad time”.

In the condolences section, people have left messages for “Clodagh and family, sending all our love at this very sad and difficult time.”

“We are so sad to learn of such a tragedy,” another one adds.

“To Monica and children to Sandra and the extended families you are in our hearts and prayers. May God console you all. May Ian rest in heavenly peace.”

Others have offered their “sincere condolences to Monica, Clodagh, Gareth, Aoife, Sandra, to all the McDonnell and Beirne families on the terrible tragic passing of Ian. A true gentle man. Our thoughts and prayers are with ye all. Rest In Peace Ian”.

“I'm sorry for the loss of Ian, husband and father. I don't know your family but wish to express my sympathy. No family should ever have to go through this and there are no words to make any sense of this mindless act. Rest in Peace Ian,” one person has written.

“Please accept our deepest sympathies on the death of Ian,” another person’s has written.

“Such tragedy to come to your home. I remember Ian as a young lad in Bank of Ireland, Elphin. May God comfort you Irene and children and all the families. RIP.”

Mr McDonnell’s car was recovered by gardai on the night of Friday, January 28. A second car believed to have been linked to the crime was discovered burnt out on Tuesday, January 25.

A garda spokesman said Mr McDonnell was found lying on the Robinhood Road with serious injuries around 6.15pm last Sunday.

“Investigations have established that Mr McDonnell had attended his business premises, locally, a short time earlier.

"While present he intervened to prevent the theft of his car, a grey coloured Volkswagen Passat, registration number 161 OY 1861. In doing so he was carried on the bonnet of his vehicle, a distance, to where he was discovered.”

He was rushed to Tallaght University Hospital in a serious condition and passed away on Friday evening.

Gardai say a family liaison officer has been appointed to Ian’s family and extended their sympathies to Mr McDonnell’s wife, children and extended family and friends at this time.

A post mortem is due to be carried out today.

“Significant progress has been made to date in the investigation including interviewing of witnesses, door-to-door enquiries and harvesting of CCTV images.

“The grey coloured Volkswagen Passat, registration number 161 OY 1861, which left the scene and was located on Limekiln Green, Greenhills, Dublin 12, on Friday 28th January, 2022. This vehicle has been recovered to be forensically examined.

“A second vehicle involved in the incident, a silver coloured Toyota Aqua, registration number 152 D 32687, which was stolen in Crumlin on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd January, 2022 was located burnt out in Ballinascorney, Tallaght on Tuesday 25th January, 2022. This vehicle has been recovered to be forensically examined.”

Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have been in the Robinhood Road area of Clondalkin on the evening of Sunday, January 23 between 5.30pm and 7pm and who may have witnessed any activity which drew their attention or who may have any video dash cam footage.

“The grey coloured Volkswagen Passat 161 OY 1861 stolen at the incident on the 23rd January 2022 has been recovered on Limekiln Green, Greenhills, Dublin 12, on Friday 28th January. Where was that vehicle between Sunday 23rd January and Friday 28th January, 2022?

“The silver coloured Toyota Aqua was stolen in Crumlin on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd January, 2022 and was located burnt out in Ballinascorney, Tallaght on Tuesday 25th January, 2022. Where was that vehicle between Sunday 23rd January and Tuesday 25th January, 2022?

Gardai say they are looking for any information on where either car was parked up at any location, and if either vehicle was seen in any petrol station or at any other location over those days.

Investigating Gardaí are also seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen either of the cars in the vicinity of Ballymount, Walkinstown, Tallaght, Kylemore Road, or Ballyfermot between 6.30pm and 9pm on Sunday night 23rd January, 2022.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station at (01) 6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


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