Last Friday, Anthony Walsh of no fixed abode, the 29 year old who was originally arrested and released in relation to the murder of Swords man, Dermot Byrne was re-arrested and charged with his murder.
Last week, a vigil was held on North Street, Swords, at the spot where Dermot was tragically killed. Several hundred people attended the vigil, including members of many local community groups including his beloved St Colmcille’s GAA Club and Irish Blackball Association.
Members of the various clubs all wore their jerseys and placed candles onto the steps of Fingal Community College to pay their tributes. There where bunches of flowers, framed photos of Dermot, his Ireland jersey and a few pints of beer placed at the steps. Both sides of North Street where lined with members of the community and locals who knew the man and people who just wanted to show support.
The Garda had to divert the traffic as the crowd got so big and eventually there were yellow and blue balloons released into the sky as a mark of respect for Dermot.
A procession was formed by Dermot’s three children and family members who where all linking and the crowd of supporters followed behind them. The procession was led by a Garda escort and the family and followers made their way from North Street, up through the Main Street, while the Gardaí had the traffic stopped. The procession made it’s way to Swords Garda Station, where a very emotional crowd cried and embraced each other.
The atmosphere was so moving that grown men and children were moved to tears. Dermot’s daughter, Shauna and his brother both stood up on the wall of the Garda Station to address the crowd and they just thanked everybody for all the support and for showing up. They were both in tears, as were the crowd, who stayed for some time to show their support for the local man.