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Gardaí not treating Westport and Brickens deaths as suspicious


Anton McNulty

The bodies of two men were found by members of the public in Mayo last Friday, one in Westport and another in Brickens. Gardaí are treating neither death as suspicious.
The body of 48-year-old Niall (Sid) Farren of Reek View Terrace, Westport, was found by a member of the public at 6.15am on Friday morning in the Tubberhill area of Westport. Later that day, the body of 78-year-old Martin Fitzpatrick of Brickens, Claremorris, was discovered on the roadside at Ballybane, Brickens.
Following an investigation of the scenes and the results of postmortems, gardaí have ruled out foul play in both cases. It is understood that both fatalities were a result of accidents.
A well-known taxi driver around the town of Westport, Mr Farren’s popularity and the respect he had in the community was evident in the large crowds who attended his removal to St Mary’s Church in Westport on Sunday evening and his funeral Mass yesterday morning.
Mr Farren was due to repose in McGing’s Funeral Home from 5pm to 7pm, but the time was extended by over 30 minutes to cater for the large crowds wishing to pay their respects.
Mr Farren was a son of former Garda Pat Farren, who was a garda in the Westport district for a number of years. Following Requiem Mass, his burial took place in Aughavale Cemetery.
A single man, Mr Farren is predeceased by his mother, Etta (nee McPhillips), a native of Clones, Co Monaghan, and he is survived by his daughter, Nina; father, Pat; brothers, Paul and Andrew; aunts and uncles and a wide circle of friends and family.
The body of Martin Fitzpatrick was discovered by local meals-on-wheels operators on Friday afternoon. His funeral Mass takes place this morning (Tuesday) in Brickens Church at 11.30am, with the burial taking place afterwards in Tulrahan Cemetery.
Gardaí are currently investigating the final movements of the two men before their deaths. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Westport Garda Station on 098 50230 in relation to Mr Farren and Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080 with any information on Mr Fitzpatrick’s death.

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