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Saturday 17 March 2018

Murder hunt launched after publican found with hands tied behind his back

Gardai and crime scene investigators outside the Oughterard pub where a man's body was discovered
Gardai and crime scene investigators outside the Oughterard pub where a man's body was discovered

Sarah Stack and Brian McDonald

A POST MORTEM will be carried out today on the body of a publican found dead in his pub.

Detectives are investigating the suspicious death of publican and teacher John Kenny discovered in his licensed premises Kenny’s on Main Street in Oughterard, Co Galway.

It is understood his arms were tied behind his back when he was discovered at about 6pm yesterday by family members.

The scene was sealed off overnight for a forensic examination.

The State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, is expected to carry out a post mortem examination today.

Mr Kenny, a separated father-of-one in his mid 50s, has also worked as a teacher at the Presentation Athenry, where he taught German, history and religion.

Independent Councillor Thomas Welby said Mr Kenny was a popular man who kept himself to himself.

"He was a lovely man, a very nice guy," he said. "It's a real tragedy for his family.

"Everybody is shocked by it, the whole village is numbed."

Last night, businessman Pat McDonagh, who is a member of the board of management at Presentation College, said that everyone associated with the school would be shocked at the tragic news.

"It is terrible news. It is a big shock and our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Kenny's family at this difficult time," he said.

The son of a former garda, Mr Kenny has brothers and sisters living in the Oughterard area. His family pub was only open for business on an occasional basis -- mostly at weekends and was open on Saturday night.

Supt Tony O'Donnell, who is leading the investigation, would only confirm that gardai were treating the death as suspicious.

He appealed to anyone who was in the pub on Saturday to contact gardai at 091 538000.

Irish Independent

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