Wednesday 12 December 2018

Community stunned by death of quiet and friendly Vincent (45)

The late Vincent Kelly.
The late Vincent Kelly.
The late Vincent Kelly (left) was discovered with serious head injuries outside the Royal Hotel in Bray (above) in the early hours of Saturday morning

Newtownmountkennedy is still trying to come to terms with the needless and tragic death of 45-year-old father of four Vincent McCullagh Kelly.

Mr Kelly (45) died in hospital last weekend after being found on Bray Main Street with a serious head injury in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Regarded as a quiet and friendly man, Vincent was the son of two well known Newtownmountkennedy residents, the late Frank and Rose 'Rosie' Kelly. He also had a brother Glenn and sister Andrea.

He was a former student of St Killian's Community School in Bray and also studied art at Bray Institute of Further Education.

At one stage he trained in Taekwondo locally and was considered very accomplished in the discipline.

He was married to Heather and had two daughters, Catherine and Amber, and two sons, John-Vincent and Denis.

Cllr Shay Cullen, who lives in Newtown, passed on his condolences to Mr Kelly's family, friends and loved ones.

'It is so tragic to see someone lose their life in such terrible circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this stage and everyone who knew him,' said Cllr Cullen.

Speaking in the aftermath of the tragedy, Cllr John Snell said: 'I send on my commiserations to his family and loved ones at this devastating time. I can't even imagine what they must be going through.'

Vincent was found outside the Royal Hotel just after 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. He had been socialising in the bar there earlier that night.

He was attended to at the scene by paramedics and rushed to St Vincent's Hospital before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

The father of four of Killadreenan was pronounced dead at 1.35 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Gardaí have examined CCTV from the area and are following a definite line of enquiry. Charges have not yet been brought in relation to his death.

Investigating Gardaí are currently investigating all aspects of this incident to establish the facts. The scene was sealed off early on Saturday to facilitate a garda forensic examination.

A post mortem was carried out on Sunday afternoon by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Anyone who saw anything that night in relation to what happened is urged to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300 or the garda confidential line 1800 666 111. Gardai in Bray said that they would appreciate any assistance.

Vincent's funeral arrangements had yet to be finalised at the time of going to press.

Wicklow People