• Gardaí in Westport are investigating all off the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was discovered at The Quay, Westport yesterday morning.

    He has been named locally as 32 year old Ballina man Sean Hynes. It's understood that he had been attending an event with a group of friends in Westport at the weekend.

    The discovery was made by a passer-by who raised the alarm shortly before 9am. The man's body was removed from the water and taken to the mortuary at Mayo University Hospital. The local Coroner was notified and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out this morning.

    Investigating Gardaí are not currently treating the death as suspicious but will await the outcome of the post-mortem to determine the course of their investigation.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Castlebar Garda Station 094-9038200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • A post-mortem examination is now underway at Mayo University Hospital on the body of a man found dead in Charlestown.

    The body of the man in his 50's, believed to be a Polish national, was found in a flat on Main Street in Charlestown yesterday afternoon.

    The alarm was raised by locals who were concerned as the man had not been seen in recent days.

    His remains were removed last night to Mayo University Hospital where a post-mortem is being carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

    Gardai say that, at this stage, they're keeping an open mind on the circumstances of the man's death.


  • A post-mortem examination is underway at Mayo University Hospital on the body of a man in his 60's who was shot dead near Ballyhaunis last night.

    A pathologist from the State Pathologist's office carried out a preliminary investigation earlier this afternoon at the rural farmhouse in Coogue, where the shooting took place just before midnight.

    A man in his 80's is still being detained at Castlebar Garda Station in connection with the incident, and Gardai say their enquiries are continuing.

    Both men were known to each other, and locals believe the deceased may have been mistaken for an intruder by the older man  - but this has not yet been confirmed.

    Local parish priest Fr Richard Gibbons was called to the scene in the early hours of this morning.

    Speaking to Midwest News, he's described the incident as a tragedy, and says the local community has been numbed by news of the fatal shooting.