St Albans man killed in Ireland

Several pictures of Joseph Deacy from the St Colmcilles GAC website.

Several pictures of Joseph Deacy from the St Colmcilles GAC website. - Credit: Archant

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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