'Tragic row' man died of blunt trauma to the head.
Byline: LOUISE ROSEINGRAVE
A MAN who reportedly intervened in a row during which a woman was accosted by her partner died due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Paddy Mullally, 57, sustained a fatal head injury after allegedly telling the male to leave her alone.
An inquest into his death opened at Dublin Coroner's Court, where the man's wife Joan Shields was told he died due to subdural haemorrhage with brain trauma due to blunt force trauma to the head.
The incident happened near Harold's Cross in the early hours of March 5, the inquest heard.
Mr Mullally was taken to St James's Hospital where he was pronounced dead the following morning.
Det Insp George McGeary said a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and he applied for a three-month adjournment.
Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told Ms Shields: "If a decision is made in the meantime we will bring the matter forward.
"I am aware of some of the circumstances of your husband's death but I can't comment this morning as the matter is going to the DPP."
Mr Mullally, from Wainsfort Park, Terenure, South Dublin, had been on a night out celebrating his retirement from Guinness. The group had been socialising in the city centre before returning to a pub in Harold's Cross where the incident took place outside an apartment complex between 3am and 4am.
Extending his sympathies to the family, Dr Farrell adjourned the inquest until August 19.
He added: "I am very sorry indeed to hear of your husband's death."