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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Discovery of man's body on street being treated as 'sudden death'

The area in Tralee close to where the body was found. Photo: Google Maps
The area in Tralee close to where the body was found. Photo: Google Maps
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

GARDAI are treating the discovery of a man's body on the street in Tralee, Co Kerry this morning as a sudden death.

The remains of Eric Leahy (35) were found at the entrance of Pembroke Court, a residential area off Pembroke Street in the town centre at around 3am.

Foul play is not suspected and gardai say they are treating it as a sudden death.

It is understood he struggled with addiction problems.

It is the second discovery of a body in a public place in the town this month.

Mr Leahy was well known to gardai and had over 100 convictions but had recently made an attempt to turn his life around and had completed a half marathon.

He had appeared at Tralee District Court a number of times on public order offences.

He was praised at Tralee Circuit Court in July last for his efforts in trying to turn his life around and the court was told he was alcohol free and training for a 10km run and the Tralee International Marathon in March.

Emergency services attended the scene but efforts to resuscitate Mr Leahy were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His remains were taken to Kerry General Hospital (KGH) for a post-mortem examination and the area was sealed off.

The remains of Nigel Leigh (42) were found near the car wash of Kelleher's Garage in the Rathass area of the town on April 3.

His death was being investigated by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) as he had been arrested by gardai the previous day on public order offences.

Mr Leigh had been taken to Killarney Garda Station but shortly after his arrival there an ambulance was called and he was taken to KGH for treatment.

It is understood Mr Leigh had discharged himself from the hospital and his remains were found at the garda which is not far from KGH some time later.

Again, the incident was being treated as a sudden death.

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