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Brother of Tom Dooley charged with his murder at Tralee cemetery

Tom Dooley died following a row during the burial of a young woman at a funeral.

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

Updated Oct 7th 2022, 12:24 PM

A MAN HAS appeared at Kenmare District Court this morning charged with the murder of his brother in a graveyard earlier this week.

Patrick Dooley, aged 35, of Arbutus Grove, Killarney is charged that on 5 October he murdered Thomas Dooley at Rath Cemetery, Rathass Tralee contrary to common law.

The accused’s father, Jim Dooley, who is also father of the deceased, accompanied the accused’s wife Bridget to the court.

The accused, who was dressed in black, entered court shortly before 11am.

Detective Sergeant Mark O’Sullivan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He arrested Patrick Dooley at 4.52am at Tralee Garda Station.

Patrick Dooley indicated he understood the charge. At 5.03am he charged and cautioned him.

In response to the charge Patrick Dooley said: “I didn’t harm my brother at all in any way. That’s all I have to say to it.”

Solicitor Padraig O’Connell enquired about the date of the “alleged offence” and it was confirmed it was 5 October.

Sergeant Miriam Mulhall Nolan, prosecuting, said her application was to remand Patrick Dooley in custody to Tralee District Court on Wednesday 12 October to appear via video link.

O Connell said his client was a married man with one child who was also a carer for his wife, and that he was applying for legal aid.

O Connell also requested medical treatment for Dooley while in custody.

This was “for physical injuries and I emphasise physical injuries,” the solicitor said saying his client was bandaged.

A High Court application for bail is to be made, his solicitor also said.

Judge David Waters remanded Patrick Dooley in custody via video link to Tralee District Court, and recommended he receive any medical treatment required.

A large garda presence was outside the court including armed members of the armed response unit from Limerick.

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