Sunday 28 December 2014

Man who had brother running in local elections dies following pub argument

Published 27/05/2014 | 10:18

The incident took place at Crowes Bar and Restaurant, Bohermore, Galway (Photo: Google Maps) Inset: Liam Horan
The incident took place at Crowes Bar and Restaurant, Bohermore, Galway (Photo: Google Maps)
Cllr. Olllie Crowe from Galway was re-elected to the city council. Photo:Andrew Downes
Cllr. Michael J Crowe from Galway was re-elected to the city council . Photo:Andrew Downes

A man who had a brother running in local elections has died following an argument during celebrations in a pub.

Liam Horan, 60, was taken to University College Hospital Galway late Sunday night after the incident at a bar in Bohermore, Galway.

It is believed that a row, relating to the elections, broke out between Mr Horan and another customer which lead to the alleged assault at about 2am.

Horan is believed to have been struck once and then hit his head on the table when he fell to the floor.

A local source, said the incident was just “something that went horribly wrong.”

They went on to say that “assault is not the right word” to describe the incident.  Some “slaps were thrown” and then “somebody didn’t get up.”

Horan has a number of ongoing medical conditions related to his weight. He died of a suspected heart attack at approximately 8am yesterday morning.

A local of Bohermore, Mr Horan had been part of the Crowe family election celebration – licencee Ollie Crowe and his brother Michael, both Fianna Fail, were re-elected onto the Galway City Council.

Mr Horan’s brother Jimmy stood in the Galway City Central area as an Independent candidate. He received 24 first preference votes.

A 52-year-old Irish man turned himself into Galway Garda station voluntarily after the incident and has yet to be released.

Gardaí are preparing a file to be sent to the DPP following the tragic death.

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