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Huge talent Tributes to ex-Ireland youth footballer killed in Limerick assault as he is named locally

He received his Irish cap in 1996 after helping his club to a FAI junior cup final the same year.

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Limerick victim Alan Bourke

Limerick victim Alan Bourke

Limerick victim Alan Bourke

A former Republic of Ireland junior soccer player who was killed in an assault in Limerick last night has been named locally.

Alan Bourke (48), originally from St. Mary’s Park in Limerick was the victim of a fatal assault outside Colbert Train station on Parnell Street at 10.25 pm on Friday night.

Paramedics tried to keep Alan alive at the scene, however he was pronounced dead a short time later at University Hospital Limerick.

The street was cordoned off by gardaí throughout Friday night and Saturday to allow a Garda scenes of crime unit carry out a forensic examination of the area.

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The scent outside Limerick’s railway station where a fatal assault happened.
Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The scent outside Limerick’s railway station where a fatal assault happened. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The scent outside Limerick’s railway station where a fatal assault happened. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Gardaí were harvesting CCTV footage from the street and local premises and appealed for anyone who may have “video footage or dash cam footage” of the alleged assault to make it available to them.

Alan was a talented striker with Mungret Regional FC in the 1990s winning a Munster Junior Cup Final in 1994.

He received his Irish cap in 1996 after helping his club to a FAI junior cup final the same year.

Regional Club Chairman, Tony O’Byrne said: “Alan was definitely a huge part of the team back then, he would have had scored 20 plus goals a season, he wore the club’s number 9 shirt, he was a real goal poacher, and he was a really talented player for the club.

“He joined the club when he was 17 and played minor for two years under manager Dermot Doolan and went on to play junior under Pat Irwin.

“He was on the 1994 Munster junior cup winning team that were also FAI Cup runners up in 1996. The team were awarded a Civic Reception by the then Mayor of Limerick, Jan O’Sullivan."

Gardai are appealing for witnesses who were in the area at the time.

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"Gardaí in Roxboro Road are appealing to any person who may have information in relation to this incident to contact them," a spokesperson said.

"Any person who was in the Parnell Street, Lord Edward Street and Davis Street areas of Limerick last night, between 10pm and 10:40pm, who may have camera footage of the area is asked to make this available to Gardaí. Similarly, if any road user was travelling in the area and who may have camera (including dash cam) footage is asked to make this available to investigating Gardaí."

Anyone with information should contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214 340, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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