Murder investigation launched after Irish musician dies following assault in Waterford 2 years ago

Murder investigation launched after Irish musician dies following assault in Waterford

The incident occurred earlier this month.

Gardaí  in Waterford have launched a murder investigation following a serious assault which took place at the junction of John Street and The Manor at approximately 3am on Saturday July 7.


A postmortem has confirmed that Kilkenny musician Damien O'Brien, aged 27, died of head injuries inflicted as a result of an assault.

O'Brien, who played keyboard with Waterford rock band Chimpanbee, died at Cork University Hospital on Friday 13 July having been transferred there from University Hospital Waterford following treatment for serious head injuries.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on 8 July for questioning about the assault, before being released without charge the following day.

On Facebook, the remaining members of Chimpanbee paid tribute to O'Brien while posting a video of a track that he recorded when he was 21.

"On behalf of Damien's family, friends and band mates, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your messages of support and the many condolences we have received over the past week," their statement began.

"It has given us all the chance to connect with lots of people who knew Damien through other walks of life and for that we are grateful.

"This video was put together by a friend and work colleague of Damien's and although it may be sad to watch, the piece of music underneath it was one of Damien's favourite songs, not only because of the emotions it stirred but also because of his playing, harmonies and eerie whistle."


Investigating Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or to any person who may have witnessed the assault in question, and any drivers who have dash-cams who may have been in and around the scene at the time to contact Waterford Gardaí Station on 051 305 300.

People may also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or make contact with any Garda Station.