Joe Deacy

  • “Mayo county council should hang its head in shame for the way it removed the memorial along the N5 that had been erected in memory of the late Joe Deacy”. That was the clear view expressed by independent Ballina councillor Gerry Ginty at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Speaking to Midwest News today, the councillor says he now hopes that Mayo County Council will allow the family of the young man to erect a memorial in his honour.

    21 years old Joe Deacy was found with head injuries outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in August of 2017. He later died of his injuries. Despite a number of arrests , no one has been charged in connection with his death.

    Earlier this year the council removed the memorial that had been erected by his family and friends between Bohola and Swinford, along the N5.

    Councillor Ginty insists it was a “shameful episode” by the local authority to remove a memorial in the way they did, when the family of Joe Deacy are still grieving and heartbroken by the circumstances of his death.

  • The family of a young man, who was murdered in Mayo in 2017, say they're very upset by plans by Mayo County Council to take down roadside memorials which were erected in his memory.

    21-year old Joe Deacy from St Alban's, Hertfordshire  was discovered with head injuries outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday 12 August 2017.

    He later passed away in hospital, and Gardai subsequently launched a murder investigation.

    Last Summer, a memorial in his memory on the N5 at Bohola was vandalised, and two memorials were later erected - one on the N5 and the other on the Kinnaffe Road.

    A family member told Midwest News today that the memorials are an important part of the healing process for Joe's extended family and friends.

    However, they received a call from Mayo County Council this morning explaining that the memorials will be removed immediately because of visual distraction to passing motorists.

    The family member who spoke to Midwest News say they're devastated and saddened at this development, and are calling on the council to reverse the decision.

     

     

     

     

  • Adrian Deacy, father of 21-year-old Joe Deacy who was murdered just over a year ago, appealed in Bohola Church yesterday  for those with information about his son's death to come forward. Mr. Deacy, who is based in Hertfordshire, England, told an overflow congregation that his only son had died “in a manner befitting an animal”.

    Despite an intensive garda invesitigation which is ongoing, nobody has been charged in relation to Joe Deacy's death.

    The young GAA player, from St Alban’s in Hertfordshire in England had strong Mayo connections and  was found unconscious in the driveway of a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, in the early hours of August 12th , 2017.

    He died days later in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

    At a first anniversary memorial Mass in Bohola yesterday Adrian Deacy described last year as “a living hell” for his family.

    He urged the congregation that instead of praying for Joe they should redirect their prayers to those who know what happened to him.

    He continued: “Without doubt (those persons) are also suffering....hopefully someone, somewhere, possibly in this parish, will have the courage to come forward”.

    Along with his wife, Alison, and daughter, Charlotte, Mr. Deacy travelled from Hertfordshire, for the first anniversary memorial Mass.

    Following the service hundreds of people, many of them from St. Colmcille's GAA Club in Hertfordshire, for whom Joe Deacy played with distinction, joined locals in walking with the family to the location in Gortnasillagh where the young footballer was discovered.

    They carried placards which proclaimed 'Justice for Joe' and 'Someone Knows What Happened” before dispersing later to a memorial GAA match in the dead youth's honour in nearby Swinford.

    Amid emotional scenes family members laid a wreath and a decade of the Rosary was recited.

     

  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • The family of a young GAA player from England, who was murdered while on a visit to Co. Mayo last August, says they are convinced that “someone knows what happened” and has appealed for them to contact investigating Gardai.

    The Dublin City Coroner this morning adjourned the inquest into his death of 21-year-old Joe Deacy at the request of An Garda Siochana, to permit officers to continue their extensive investigations.

    Mr Deacy, a member of St Colmcille’s GAA club in Hertfordshire and a passionate Mayo GAA fan, was found seriously injured outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in the early hours of Sunday, August 13 last year.

    He was rushed by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he later died.

    Joe Deacy had been visiting relatives in Co. Mayo when he sustained the fatal injuries.

    He had been socialising in Kiltimagh the night before his death.

    Two men arrested for questioning in November under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act were later released without charge.

    Following this morning’s adjournment, Mr Deacy’s father Adrian released a short statement in which he said the family “hoped and prayed” continuing investigations will eventually bring to justice those responsible for Joe’s death.

  • A man in his early 20’s has been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the death of Joe Deacy.

    The 21 year old from St Albans in England, who was a regular visitor to Mayo,  died in hospital on the 13th August last year.

    He had been found with serious head injuries, outside a house in Gortnasillagh near Swinford earlier that weekend.

    The alarm was raised by a passer-by, and Joe was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital and later removed to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he passed away.

    Gardai arrested a man in his 20’s this morning and he is being questioned at Claremorris Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

     

  • The family of a young man, who was murdered in Mayo in 2017, say they're very upset by  Mayo County Council's decision to take down roadside memorials which were erected in his memory.

    21-year old Joe Deacy from St Alban's, Hertfordshire in the UK  was discovered with head injuries outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday 12 August 2017.

    He later passed away in hospital, and Gardai subsequently launched a murder investigation.

    Last Summer, a memorial in his memory on the N5 at Bohola was vandalised.

    Just before Christmas, two new memorials were erected by family members in Mayo - one on the N5 and the other on the Kinnaffe Road.

    A family member told Midwest News today that the memorials are an important part of the healing process for Joe's extended family and friends.

    However, they received a call from Mayo County Council this morning explaining that the memorials will be removed immediately because of visual distraction to passing motorists.

    This evening, the late Joe Deacy's father Adrian spoke to Midwest News from the UK.

    He said he understands that a number of similar roadside memorials have been erected in the past, without planning permission, for victims of tragic incidents, and he questioned why the memorials for his son are now being targeted by the council.

    In response to a query from Midwest News, Mayo County Council confirmed that the roadside monuments will be removed.

    In a statement, the council said that, as a local authority, it respects the need for people to erect roadside memorials, but must also provide a safe and efficient road network for all road users, as safety of all road users is a top priority.

    The statement concludes that the issue of roadside memorials will be on the agenda for discussion at the next meeting of the council's Road & Transport SPC (special policy committee).

     

  • Mayo County Council has published a draft policy on roadside memorials erected in close proximity to locations where fatal collisions have occurred.

    The proposed policy will be put before the elected members of Mayo County Council for their consideration and adoption.

    Tom Gilligan, Director of Services, told a meeting of the Roads and Transportation Special Policy Committee (SPC) yesterday that the proposed policy, in general, will not affect existing memorials erected by members of the public.

    However, Mr. Gilligan added, should an existing memorial become damaged or in need of replacement, the replacement memorial must comply with the policy. Members of the family of 21-year-old Joe Deacy, who died in August 2017 after being found unconscious at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, were present as observers at yesterday’s SPC meeting.

    The family group included Joe Deacy’s father, Adrian. The Deacys have previously expressed disappointment over the council’s actions in removing two roadside memorials erected to their loved one and say they were given no notice they were to be dismantled.

    Mr. Gilligan expressed his deepest sympathy on behalf of management of the council with the Deacy family on their tragic loss.

    He emphasised that Mayo County Council recognises and respects the wish of the bereaved to mark roadside deaths by way of erecting a roadside memorial but added that the council is also charged with the duty of keeping the public highway safe for all road users.

    In relation to the Joe Deacy memorials, Mr. Gilligan said, said there had been a number of complaints from members of the public that the memorials were “a visual distraction” and a hazard to road users.

    Mr. Gilligan said it must be recognised that all roadside memorials have the potential to become a road user hazard and, accordingly, a site-specific risk assessment will be required to be carried out at all proposed locations.

    The draft policy debars the erection of large permanent physical structures (such as monuments and shrines) along a carriageway and shall be removed on safety grounds.

    Following yesterday’s SPC session a private meeting, which was facilitated by Councillor Brendan Mulroy, Cathaoirleach of the Roads and Transportation SPC, took place between the Deacy family representatives and members of the county council executive.

     

  • This Sunday, August 12th, a number of events will be organised in memory of the late Joe Deacy and everyone is invited to attend.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    On Sunday, a Mass will be celebrated, a wreath laying ceremony will take place  and a memorial Gaelic football match will also be held. 

    The events are being organized by St Colmcille’s GAA club, in St Alban’s where Joe was a valued member.

    St Colmcille’s PRO Shane Gill told Midwest News today that Sunday is a chance to rejuvenate the search for answers and an opportunity to celebrate Joe’s passions, which were football, in particular Mayo and West Ham United. 

    The mass will take place in Bohola Church at 11.30am on Sunday, followed by the laying of a wreath at the house where Joe was found at 1pm.

    This will be followed by a memorial Gaelic football match at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, where his club St Colmcilles GAC, will take on ‘The Hammers’, a team comprised of Joe’s friends and family and named after his favourite soccer team, West Ham.