Saturday 16 December 2017

Garda probe after body of father (50) found in home

Greg Harkin

DETECTIVES last night launched a suspicious death probe after the body of a father of four was found at his home.

The body of Kieran Callaghan (50) was found at his home in the sleepy hamlet of Churchill, Co Donegal, on Sunday afternoon. He had suffered head injuries.

The investigation was launched after a post-mortem by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy. It's understood Mr Callaghan, a part-time farmer and worker at Glenveagh National Park, had suffered a blow some time on Friday.

Garda detectives were last night back at the scene of the incident in the townland of Roshin. Mr Callaghan had four grown-up children.

"They are absolutely distraught," said one local man last night. "The last two days have been a complete nightmare for them."

Mr Callaghan was a well-known bus driver at Glenveagh, where he worked ferrying thousands of tourists every week from the park's entrance to its castle.

Mr Callaghan was last seen in the Churchill area at about 6pm last Friday. He is described as being 5'10'' with grey hair and of thin build. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford garda station on 074-9153060 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

The incident is the second suspicious death in the area in 13 months, after pensioner Seamus Doherty was found dead at his home at Drumacanoo, Churchill, on June 16 last year.

Gardai stressed that they do not suspect there is any connection between this murder and the latest death.

Irish Independent

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