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Two men arrested after fatal attack at a Co Kerry funeral

The two men, aged in their 30s and 40s, are currently being detained at Tralee Garda Station.

Thomas Dooley was killed in the incident at Rathass Cemetary.
Thomas Dooley was killed in the incident at Rathass Cemetary.

Updated Oct 6th 2022, 2:45 PM

TWO MEN HAVE been arrested following a fatal assault at a funeral in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

One man, aged in his 30s, was arrested in the early hours of this morning in Cork and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Tralee Garda Station.

A second man has since been arrested this afternoon in Cork city. He is currently being detained in Tralee Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The man who died in the apparent stabbing incident yesterday afternoon on the grounds of Rathass Cemetery in Tralee has been named locally as Thomas Dooley, aged in his 40s.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene yesterday and Dooley was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance personnel and his body was taken to University Hospital Kerry.

Dooley’s wife, a woman in her 40s, was also taken to University Hospital Kerry to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Father Tadgh Fitzgerald, a parish priest in Tralee who was at the funeral, told RTÉ that the attack took place at the funeral of a 48-year-old woman who “was very loved by very many people”.

The priest added: “There was enough sadness at the death of a young woman, and this has added to the trauma and the grief and this sense of loss.”

“Violence is never justified and it added to the sadness that something like this would happen at the burial of a young woman.”

Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later this morning by State Pathologist Dr Sally Anne Collis at University Hospital Kerry.

Investigating Gardaí continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward and for any person with camera footage to make it available to them.

An incident room has been established at Tralee Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Gardaí have said that the investigation remains ongoing.

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