St Albans man killed in Ireland
PUBLISHED: 11:23 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 16 August 2017
A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a 21-year-old St Albans man in Ireland.
Joseph Deacy was found with head injuries outside a home in Swinford, County Mayo last Saturday.
A passer-by who found him alerted the emergency services at around 6am, and Joe was taken to hospital.
He was pronounced dead on Sunday evening.
Following a post-mortem examination, the Irish police said the death was being treated as a homicide.
St Colmcilles Gaelic Athletics Club, based in St Albans, have paid tribute to Joe, an enthusiastic Gaelic football player.
A statement on their website reads: “At 21 years of age, Joe had a bright future ahead of him. He had an amazing energy and a real lust for life. He was a great friend and people were drawn to his character, his humour and outlook on life.
“It is difficult to say goodbye to anyone at any age but when it happens to someone so young it is especially difficult. He will be sorely missed by us all.”