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A man in his twenties is due in court on Friday charged in connection with the murder of father-of-three Dermot Byrne in Swords Co Dublin last weekend.
Mr Byrne (54) was found badly beaten on North Street in the county Dublin town at around 3am after he was set upon by a number of assailants.
One man (29) was arrested and questioned on Sunday in connection with the attack before being released without charge.
Mr Byrne was the father of three daughters, and was a director of the family-run Intercontinental Distributors business in his native Finglas.
He had been socialising in Swords prior to the attack, which occurred at a location just off Main Street.
He has been described as “one of the nicest and most genuine people you could wish to meet”.
Mr Byrne was known to be an accomplished pool player who regularly travelled to take part in tournaments both domestically and internationally.
In a statement released through its Facebook page on Monday morning the Irish Blackball Association which coordinates the sport in Ireland paid tribute to Mr Byrne and said the pool world had “lost one of its own”.
“The Irish Blackball Association on behalf of every player who has ever met Dermot wish to convey their deepest sympathies to his family on this most tragic loss. Dermot will be missed by everyone he met,” it read.
The statement continued: “He was one of the nicest and most genuine people anyone could wish to meet. A true gentleman who never had a cross word with any soul.
“We are so proud to have had the opportunity of knowing Dermot, and the honour of being in his company… We will miss you friend.”