Elderly batchelor dies in Kilbehenny house fire
GARDA technical experts have examined the scene of a fatal fire on the Cork-Tipperary border as they attempt to establish what caused the blaze
The victim has been named locally as 78-year-old Ned Hyland, a retired farmer who was the sole occupant of the farmhouse at Castlequarter, outside Mitchesltown where a fire broke our sometime before 11pm on Tuesday night.
While fire units from Kilmallock, Fermoy and Mitchelstown attended the scene, the house was completely gutted by the blaze.
Mr Hyland was removed from the house, but was pronounced dead by a GP at 11.50pm. His remains were removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post mortem was to be carried out on Wednesday.
Local sources say that Mr Hyland was well known in the are and was a bachelor who lived in his family home. His siblings had left the house, but it is believed that he had a number of relatives in the area.