North Dublin community in shock as Gardai investigate violent murder of Christopher Hall

By Cillian O'Brien

Gardai have launched a murder probe into the violent murder of quiet and friendly dad-of-two Christy Hall.

The 65-year-old was discovered with horrific head and body injuries in a downstairs room of his home at Dun Saithne Green in Balbriggan, north Co Dublin, on Wednesday.

One of Mr Hall’s two adult daughters raised the alarm after calling to his house in the quiet cul-de-sac at around 2pm on Wednesday.

Detectives believe Mr Hall, who lived alone, may have unwittingly allowed his assailant inside and that the killer may have been known to him.

It is understood there were no signs of a break-in at the house and he had not been seen since 8pm on Tuesday night.

Shocked neighbours said Mr Hall enjoyed a few drinks in the local Brazen Court Hotel, walked his dog and had an occasional flutter on the horses.

Dominic Keegan, who lived opposite Mr Hall, told the Irish Mirror: “He was a nice fella, it’s just unbelievable to think that someone could do this to him.

“He wouldn’t hurt a fly, if you met him after five minutes you’d know he was a nice fella.

“He’d come out and we’d have a chat about the weather or whatever, he was very chatty.

“The thing was with Christy is he’d keep chatting and keep chatting. He was a chatterbox, he’d talk to everybody.

“He was so full of go, he was always walking. He was always bringing the dog for a walk, you’d always see him out and about.”

Mr Keegan added: “I gave him a lift occasionally, actually he was the last passenger in my car about three or four weeks ago. It’s an absolute shame. I’m going to miss him, I really am.

“The place won’t be the same, everybody’s shocked here.

“Terrible nice lad, a terrible shame.”

Mr Hall had acquired a brain injury from a fall and Gardai described him as “medically vulnerable.”

Another shocked neighbour said the popular man “kept to himself”, while another said it was “shocking” and “very sad.”

Gardai held a press conference outside Balbriggan Garda Station yesterday and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Superintendent Paul Franey said: “Christopher lived alone at the house, he was a quiet man who kept to himself and was vulnerable due to a medical condition.

“An Garda Síochána will continue to work closely with the community in the Dun Saithne area over the coming days as they come to terms with the violent death of their friend and neighbour Christopher.

“I am appealing to any person who was in the Dun Saithne Green, Dun Saithne Crescent or wider Dun Saithne area between 8pm on Tuesday and 2pm Wednesday, whether you believe you saw anything of interest or not, to contact Balbriggan Garda station.

“I want to appeal to residents or persons with cars parked in the Dun Saithne area who may have CCTV or dashcam footage, if Gardai have not been in contact with you to please come forward with that footage.”

The house remained sealed last night for further examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

A post mortem on Mr Hall began yesterday afternoon and the results “will assist in the direction of this criminal investigation”, Gardai said.

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