Uncle of 'Love/Hate' star Robert Sheehan found dead by fire brigade after home blaze
An uncle of 'Love/Hate' actor Robert Sheehan has lost his life in a house fire.
The deceased was named locally as Michael "Mike" Sheehan (68), who lived alone and was very well known within Kerry GAA circles.
He was found at his burning home outside Killorglin early yesterday morning as a Killarney Fire Brigade unit was returning from a call out.
Substantial damage is understood to have been caused to the house before the alarm was raised.
The fire was quickly extinguished by Kerry Fire Brigade units.
The body of a man was subsequently recovered from the property.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body remained at the scene of the fire pending a detailed forensic examination by Garda Technical Bureau experts.
The remains were later transferred to University Hospital Kerry.
A full post-mortem examination was scheduled to be carried out.
Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation would be determined by the post mortem findings.
However, the fire is believed, at this stage, to have been a tragic accident.
A file on the matter is set to be prepared for a Kerry Coroner's inquest.
Mr Sheehan lived alone but was a very well known figure in south Kerry.
He was very involved in the GAA, with other members of his family heavily engaged in sports coaching throughout the county.
The deceased is an uncle of Robert Sheehan (31), the Laois-born actor who found fame with his role in the RTÉ drama 'Love/Hate'.
The actor's other uncle, James, runs a popular family restaurant in Killorglin alongside the star's cousins, Garrath and Jesse.
Robert Sheehan is a frequent visitor to Kerry for family reunions.
The actor has starred in a number of hit film and TV shows including 'Mortal Engines,' 'Season of the Witch' and 'The Young Offenders.'
He is considered one of the brightest young Irish acting talents.