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Two held over death of dad found in blaze

TWO people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man over a year ago.

A man in his late 20s and a woman in her early 50s were arrested this morning in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

The body of James Cahillane was discovered at his home in Ardraw, Beaufort, Co Kerry, on April 19 last, following a fire.

The 58-year-old electrician was discovered inside the front door of the house, which had been engulfed by flames.

Initially it was thought Mr Cahillane had died in the fire but a post mortem examination revealed he had suffered injuries consistent with an assault and gardai launched a murder investigation.

His children, Lisa and Gary, had appealed for information that would help with the investigation. They marked the first anniversary of his death recently with Mass in Killorglin.

Mr Cahillane had worked as an electrician for Fexco in Killorglin for almost 20 years and left work at around 5.15pm on April 18.

He walked from work to Clifford's Tavern on Bridge Street where he stayed for a short while before going to Sheahan's Bar on Main Street.

CCTV footage captures him withdrawing money from an ATM at Champ's Euro Spar at around 7.30pm.



At around 8.50pm he did his grocery shopping at the Euro Spar before returning to Clifford's on Bridge Street.

Later that night, at around 11.45pm, a local taxi driver collected Mr Cahillane and drove him the three miles to his home in Beaufort, waiting until he had safely entered his house.

Gardai believe Mr Cahillane was attacked in his home some time in the following two hours and that the fire started at around 2am.

Gary Cahillane described his father as a "loving, caring and generous" man who always put his children and friends first.

"You would find it hard to meet a person that had a bad word to say about him," he said.

"Confrontation wasn't part of him and he really was the least aggressive guy that I've ever met and someone, instead of robbing him, they probably could have asked him for money, he would have given it to them, you know."

He said the family had found a small bit of comfort when they thought the fire had started by accident.

This was dashed when the inquiry was upgraded to a murder investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killorglin Gardai at 066-9790500 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 1111.