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Fatal shooting 'He didn't deserve what happened to him' - tributes paid to murder victim 'Pappy' Lyons

Pappy was very well known in the area and we’d see him out playing with his young lad. He didn’t deserve what happened to him,” said one local.

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Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons.

Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons.

Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons.

Tributes have been paid to a man in his 40s who was shot dead in a late night gun attack in north Dublin

Paddy ‘Pappy’ Lyons grew up not far from where he was shot and locals today said that, although he had his troubles, they were shocked to learn of his murder.

He was often seen playing football on the street with his young son, and neighbours were saddened by his death.

“He had his troubles in the past, but there’s no way you would have thought he would end up being shot dead,” said one neighbour.

“Pappy was very well known in the area and we’d see him out playing with his young lad. He didn’t deserve what happened to him,” said another.

Paddy Lyons was an only child, and locals today said he was from a well respected family.

“They are good people, and poor Pappy fell-in with the wrong crowd. We desperately feel for his parents,” said one local man.

“His father is in hospital at the moment and they have enough on their plate without this,” he added.

Lyons’s mother was today being comforted by relatives.

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Gardai at the scene on Belclare Terrace, Ballymun this morning.
 Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardai at the scene on Belclare Terrace, Ballymun this morning. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardai at the scene on Belclare Terrace, Ballymun this morning. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

At the scene of the shooting local TD Paul McAuliffe said the shooting was sad for the Lyons family and the people of Ballymun.

“In the past, shootings like this have triggered other attacks, and we hope that will not be the case here,” he said.

“We want to try and keep things cooled down and ensure there is a garda presence on the ground,” he added.

Gardaí were last night examining a motive for the first gun murder of the year.

A spokesperson said that gardaí were investigating “a fatal shooting incident” that occurred in Belclare Terrace, Ballymun, Dublin, yesterday evening at 9pm.

“A male, aged in his mid-40s, received a number of gunshot wounds and has been pronounced dead at the scene.

“The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination is to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau,” the spokesperson said last night.

A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.”

"Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Belclare Terrace and Belclare Park areas yesterday between 8pm and 9.15pm.

“Anyone who may have camera footage of the incident, including dash-cam and mobile phone footage, is asked to make it available to investigating gardaí,” the spokesperson said.

The scene was preserved last night for a technical examination. Anyone with any information should contact Ballymun garda station on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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