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Gardaí 'making good progress' in Mayo homicide probe

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 1:21pm

Gardaí 'making good progress' in Mayo homicide probe

The late Joseph Deacy

THE garda officer heading up the investigation into the suspected murder of Joe Deacy in Swinford at the weekend has revealed there has been a good response to his appeal for information.

Supt. Tony Healy said the information has helped the force to form a greater picture of what happened to the victim, who was on holidays in the area from Hertfordshire, England.

Investigating officers are concentrating their investigation on the Derrynasillagh area of Swinford and the town of Kiltimagh, about five miles away, where the deceased is believed to have been socialising on Friday night/Saturday morning.

“We are still seeking information from members of the public as to any assault, row or altercation they might have witnessed on Friday night/Saturday morning,” Supt. Healy stated.

“We are also looking for any CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone camera footage of any incident in which the deceased might have been involved.”

Mr. Deacy was rushed initially to Mayo University Hospital on Saturday and was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he died on Monday.

His parents flew over from England and were with him when his life support system was turned off. It is understood body organs have been harvested for transplantation.

Gardaí have set up a special incident room at Claremorris Garda Station – the contact number is 094-9371222.

Meanwhile, Cairde Mhaigheo London has called on Mayo GAA supporters to stand up and applaud Joe Deacy in the 21st minute of the All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Mayo and Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday.

A statement issued by the organisation said: “Joe was a massive Mayo fan and unfortunately has been taking away from us all too soon. Although living in England his love for Mayo knew no bounds and he regularly made trips over to support the green and red. 

“Let's show his family our support at such a tragic time. RIP Joe, our heartfelt condolences goes out to your family and friends at this terrible time.”

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