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Saturday 14 December 2019

Man remanded over killing of publican

A man was remanded in custody today accused of killing a popular publican.

Eddie Wing, 29, was charged with the manslaughter of well-known rural bar owner Matt Farrell on April 1, 2009.

The 64-year-old was found dead in his pub, the Gaelic Bar, in Daingean, Co Offaly, by his son Matthew after locking up. He had been tied to a chair and suffered serious head injuries.

Wing, with an address in Limerick Street, Roscrea, was arrested by gardai in the town last night.

He was brought before Tullamore District Court where he was also charged with burglary at the bar at the same address.

Wing also faced charges of theft at four other licensed premises including The Hawthorn in Ballacolla, Co Laois; The Elbow Bar in Moate, Co Westmeath; Shortall`s Public House, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny; and Dan and Molly's in Ballyboy, Co Offaly.

The Courts Service said he was also charged with theft from a private residence in Cullenagh, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The offences are alleged to have happened in January and February 2009.

Mr Justice William Hamill remanded Wing in custody to appear again at a sitting of the district court in Cloverhill on October 22. Gardai objected to bail.

Mr Farrell, a father of five, was a well respected businessman who ran the Gaelic Bar for over 30 years.

More than 1,000 statements were taken during an extensive garda operation which spanned three counties in the months after Mr Farrell`s death. Several people have been arrested and questioned.

Crimestoppers and Mr Farrell's family have offered a reward for information that will lead to a prosecution.

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