TRAGIC INCIDENT The body of Brendan Kilduff being removed from the property at Coogue, near Aghamore. Pic: Paul Mealey
Gardaí believe the deceased, a 67-year-old Knock man, had called to the 84 year old's house as a social visit
A MAN in his 80s was released without charge after he was questioned in relation to the fatal shooting of a 67-year-old Knock man near Aghamore on Tuesday night.
Brendan Kilduff of Sallyhernaun, Knock, was fatally wounded when he was shot at a property in the townland of Coogue, located between Knock and Aghamore, shortly before midnight on Tuesday night.
The arrested man (84), who lived at the property where the shooting took place, was taken into custody shortly after midnight on Wednesday, September 18, when gardaí arrived at the scene after responding to a 999 call. He was detained and questioned at Castlebar Garda Station before he was released without charge at 10.05pm on Wednesday evening.
A postmortem examination was completed on Wednesday evening, but the results are not being released for operational reasons. An incident room has been set up at Claremorris Garda Station and a file will be prepared for the DPP.
The victim was named locally as Brendan Kilduff, a 67-year-old single man who was well-known in farming circles and also worked as a mechanic. It is understood that the two men were known to each other and initial investigations suggest that Mr Kilduff was calling to the house on his way to his own home after he had attended a farmer’s protest in Ballyhaunis earlier that day.
Gardaí investigating the shooting do not believe there was anything sinister about the visit to the property and that it was a social visit. It is understood that the shots were discharged after the arrested man heard activity outside his property, and initial inquiries suggest that a number of warning shots were fired.
The shooting, which is being described locally as a tragic incident, has deeply shaken the east Mayo community, where both men were well-known and respected.
“There is great shock in the community from what happened. The two men were well-known in farming circles and both well liked. From what I have heard, this seems to have been a tragic accident, and my heart goes out to all left behind,” local councillor John Caulfield said.
The Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.