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Man dead and his wife injured following stabbing at Tralee graveyard

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Gardaí seal off the area at Rath Cemetery, Tralee on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Mark O'Sullivan

Gardaí seal off the area at Rath Cemetery, Tralee on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Mark O'Sullivan

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Gardaí seal off the area at Rath Cemetery, Tralee on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Mark O'Sullivan

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A MAN has died following a major public order incident at Rath Cemetery in Tralee this afternoon.

The violent incident, which involved several people, broke out in the vicinity of a funeral at Rath Cemetery area shortly before noon with further disturbances subsequently reported near University Hospital Kerry.

The Kerryman understands that the male, aged in his 40s, suffered serious stab wounds following a confrontation between a number of men in the cemetery.

He was treated for his injuries at the scene by paramedics but died before he could be removed to University Hospital Kerry for further treatment.

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His body has since been removed to University Hospital Kerry.

A woman – understood to by the wife of the deceased man - is also reported to have been injured in the course of the incident and is being treated in the emergency Department at University Hospital Kerry for serious but non life threatening injuries .

Gardaí remain at the scene of the incident in large numbers and a section of Rath Cemetery has been sealed off for a technical examination by the Kerry Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit. 

The Coroner has been notified and a State post mortem examination has been requested.

It is understood that gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry and are seeking to speak to a younger male in relation to the fatal assault.

An incident room has been established at Tralee Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this incident to come forward and for any person with camera footage to make it available to them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


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