MURDERED OVER GAME OF CHESS; GARDAI PROBE BIZA RRE KILL THEORY Leafy Suburb Shocked as 'Quiet Gentleman' Is Found Beaten and Stabbed to Death

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Byline: JAMES WARD

GARDAI are investigating whether a man found dead in his home yesterday was killed during a row over a game of chess.

Tom O'Gorman, 39, was beaten and stabbed in Castleknock, West Dublin, at around 1.50am yesterday.

A 34-year-old Italian man was arrested in the house and is being questioned at Blanchardstown Garda station. He can be held for 24 hours.

Sources said Mr O'Gorman was playing chess with another man. Gardai are investigating whether an argument broke out between the pair.

Officers believe the victim was bludgeoned with a dumbbell before being stabbed.

The area was sealed off and State Pathologist Marie Cassidy carried out a postmortem at the house at Beech Park Avenue yesterday morning.

Mr O'Gorman was the eldest of three children, and lived at the house in the leafy suburb with his mother, until she passed away in 2012.

His father, who was a vet, had died some years earlier.

His brother Paul is thought to live in Donegal while his sister Catherine lives in England.

Last night friends and neighbours in the quiet neighbourhood said they were shocked at what had happened to Mr O'Gorman.

Fr Denis O'Connor, a curate at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Castleknock, said the dead man had served as a Minister of the Eucharist at the chapel, just a few hundred yards from his home.

He added: "He was a lovely man, a quiet man. I'm going to pray for him at the Mass.

"He was well known here, a very devout man. I'd say he was well liked. He was a quiet man. He just came to Mass, went up and went home again." The priest said the quiet community had been rocked by the news of the killing.

He added: "The few that have heard it are absolutely distressed. They're distressed and upset and troubled by it. He was a quiet man, a good man and he was highly regarded.

"It's a terrible sorrow. People are broken by it, devastated. He's a lovely man, a gentleman.

"It's a terrible way he's gone. No one should go like this. May God give him rest and peace. He's with his mother and father now."

Fr O'Connor said he had given Mr O'Gorman communion at Christmas, and had known him as a Minster of the Eucharist for 10 years.

He attended his mother's funeral two years ago, and described her as a lovely, quiet woman.

Fr O'Connor said: "I went to her wake and funeral that was here in this church a few years ago. …