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Man in his 20s arrested over death of Joseph Deacy in Mayo last August

Gardaí have treated the death of Joe Deacy as a homicide since the initial post-mortem results last year.

GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in his 20s in connection with the death of a man in Mayo last August.

Joseph Deacy of St Albans in England was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday 12 August 2017.

The 21-year-old was taken to hospital after gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene by a passer-by at around 6am.

He was brought to Mayo University Hospital by ambulance but he was later removed to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead that Sunday evening.

A post-mortem showed that he had suffered head injuries. Gardaí determined that it was a case of homicide.

The man arrested this morning is currently being detained at Claremorris Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

In November, two men in their 20s were arrested in connection with his death but later released without charge.

His case appeared on an episode of RTÉ’s Crimecall in January.

His cousin Lauren Murray said on the show that Joe had “had great pride in his Irish connections”, saying: “Mayo GAA was a big part of it. At least five or six times a year he’d be over for the Mayo games.”

Recalling the moment the family heard about his death, Charlotte, Joe’s sister, said, “I just remember seeing my Dad… and he just crumbled.”

His father Adrian said he doesn’t know how people with information about his son’s death “can live with themselves”, adding: “Someone knows something.”

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