According to today’s Irish Independent, an inquest heard yesterday that a Garda investigation into the violent death of a young man from England while visiting his relatives in county Mayo five years ago remains “live and ongoing”.

Joe Deacy (21) from St Alban’s in Hertfordshire was found lying on the ground outside a house in Swinford, at 6.30am on August 12, 2017, by a passing cyclist.

The GAA stalwart died the following day in the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he had been transferred after initially being treated at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for his injuries.

In 2017, Gardaí launched a murder investigation after post-mortem results showed that Joe Deacy had suffered a blunt force trauma to the head.

At a brief sitting of Dublin District Coroner’s Court yesterday Garda Inspector Naomi de Rís said the circumstances of Mr Deacy’s death remained “very much, a live investigation.”

Inspector de Rís said a number of lines of inquiry are still being followed in the case.

She told the coroner, Cróna Gallagher, that several witnesses who are outside the jurisdiction have still to be interviewed by gardaí.

The coroner said she was aware that there had been new developments in the investigation in the past, with new lines of inquiry being followed and adjourned the inquest until May 16, 2023, on the basis that criminal proceedings in relation to Mr Deacy’s death are being considered.

 

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