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Deacy family’s plea for help

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HEARTBROKENAdrian Deacy (right) has appealed for information after his son Joe (left) was found dead near Swinford last August.

Ger Flanagan


THE family of murder victim Joe Deacy have made a heartfelt plea for information regarding his killing after the case featured on Crimecall on RTÉ One last night (Monday).
It was the first time the family of Mr Deacy have spoken publicly since his death last August.
Mr Deacy’s father, Adrian, lead the tributes to his son during an emotional interview, and appealed to anyone who has information to come forward.
“He had friends all over the place,” he said. “If you had a Venn diagram with Joe in the middle of it, you’d have seven or eight different circles around it and that’s purely because of his personality.
“Someone knows something…. How they can live with themselves knowing what they know and still carry on living like they do?”
Mr Deacy’s mother, Alison, described her son as ‘a gorgeous kid … happy all the time, just running around … always playing football’, while Lauren Murray, Mr Deacy’s cousin, said that he ‘had great pride in his Irish connections’ and that ‘Mayo GAA was a big part of it’.
Charlotte, Mr Deacy’s sister, on recalling the moment she found out adds that, “I just remember seeing my Dad … and he just crumbled’.
The 21 year old from St Albans in England was on a two-week holiday in Ireland visiting relatives and friends when the incident occurred.
On August 11, 2017, Mr Deacy was socialising with friends in Kiltimagh, and he returned to the house where he was staying at Gortnasillagh, just outside Swinford, that night.
At 6.45am the following morning, Mr Deacy was found lying unconscious with head injuries in the driveway of the house. He was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and later to Beaumont Hospital, where he died from his injuries the following day.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 1800 405060 or Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080.
Witness appeal
Meanwhile, Gardaí and Crimestoppers have also launched an appeal in relation to the death.
They are appealing for witnesses who may have seen someone or some vehicle in the vicinity of Gortnasillagh or the N5 between Swinford and Bohola on Saturday, August 12, between 2.30am and 7am. They are also looking for any information that could assist the investigation team.
While the Gardaí are grateful to the public for their assistance, they do believe that people in the community have information and have not yet come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 250025.

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