PLEA FOR INFORMATION The late Joe Deacy.
RTÉ’s Crimecall programme will feature the tragic death of Joe Deacy in Mayo last year, while Crimestoppers are offering a ‘substantial reward’ for information in a bid to solve the mystery. The show will be screened on RTÉ on Monday, January 29.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Superintendent Tony Healy, who is leading the investigation, says the upcoming programme could be key in discovering information that could kelp solve the case.
“There is information out there and we need to get access to it,” he said. “This will remain an open case until we establish the truth of it … we have made a lot of progress from where we started, but any additional information will help. Crimestoppers are also offering a substantial reward for any information and we are hoping people will come forward,” said Supt Healy.
Mr Deacy was discovered with serious head injuries outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday, August 12, last.
The 21 year old, originally from St Albans, England but a regular visitor to Mayo, was initially taken to Mayo University Hospital. He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After the investigation was upgraded to a homicide, two men in their 20s were arrested in November as part of the investigation and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and questioned in separate garda stations. Both men were subsequently released without charge.
St Colmcilles GAC, the GAA club whom Mr Deacy was involved with, has issued a plea online for ‘as many people to watch the programme in the hope that someone, somewhere may just talk’.
A statement on the club website read: “We lost Joe tragically last year. He was just 21 years of age. Since then there has been no outcome from the investigation that followed his death.
“We appreciate that we are all in England, but if we can spread the word in the hope that someone may just trigger something. It’s a long shot but it is where we’re at and Joe deserves a break and so does his family for some sort of piece of mind and closure.”