Thursday 24 October 2019

Two men arrested in connection to the death of GAA player (21)

Joseph Deacy
Joseph Deacy
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Two men have been arrested in connection to the death of a 21-year-old GAA player in Co Mayo.

Joseph Deacy (21) of St. Albans in England, was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford at approximately 6.00am on August 12.

The alarm was raised by a passer-by and gardaí and emergency services attended the scene immediately.

The man was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital and later removed to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead on August 13.

Gardaí investigating the death have today arrested two men.

The two men in their 20s were arrested this morning and are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Garda Stations in Co. Mayo.  The men can be detained for up to twenty four hours.

Gardaí also carried out searches under warrant at two locations as part of their investigations.

Victim Joseph Deacy was on holiday in the area and had been visiting friends.

Mr Deacy was a regular visitor to the Swinford area and would come over quite often, according to Superintendent, Tony Healy.

"He was on holiday, he had some friends here in Ireland," Supt Healy said.

"He would be over and back here quite regularly and had a circle of friends he'd visit," he added.

It is understood the most substantial injuries sustained by Mr Deacy were to the head.

"He was found in the driveway of the house he had been staying in with his friends," Supt Healy said.

"He had been socialising in Kiltimagh town and would have returned to the house he was staying at in Gortnasillagh, Swinford," he added.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy and the death is being treated as a homicide.

A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out and an incident room has been established at Claremorris Garda Station.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Claremorris Garda Station 094-9372080 or the Garda Confidential Line.

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