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Sunday 23 July 2017

Hearse pauses at scene of pub death

Tom Brady and  Eimear Ni Bhraonain

The hearse carrying the remains of a man found dead on a roadway outside a pub paused outside the bar last night.

Gardai are expected to arrest and question a suspect about an assault on Brian 'Brier' Doyle in Avoca, Co Wicklow, on Sunday night.

The village, known all over the world as the setting of the BBC drama 'Ballykissangel', came to a standstill last night as hundreds turned out for the removal.

Mr Doyle (48), a single man, was found dead on the ground outside Fitzgerald's pub. He will be buried today.

Mr Doyle went outside the pub with another customer on Sunday night to smoke a cigarette. The two are believed to have become involved in a heated argument over the Liverpool-Everton game, which had been televised earlier in the day.

During the argument Mr Doyle was punched in the head and collapsed on the ground.

Initially, it was thought that he had died as a result of hitting his head on the road. But it was later established he had been accidentally struck by a vehicle while on the ground and the collision had caused the fatal injuries.

Investigations into the incident continued yesterday and gardai said they were anxious to talk to any motorists who drove through the village on Sunday night at around 9pm, including the driver of an SUV.

Further inquiries are to be carried out including the formal interview of a suspect for the assault before a file is completed for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Irish Independent

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