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Friday 24 March 2017

Probe after body of OAP (90) is found at his remote home

Councillor Declan Doocey
Councillor Declan Doocey

Gardai are investigating if the death of a 90-year-old man in his remote rural home in Co Waterford over the weekend could be suspicious.

Detectives in Dungarvan are probing all of the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the elderly man's body at his house in Ballysaggart, Lismore, in the south of the county close to the border with Cork.

He was named locally last night as Paddy Lyons.

Slumped

Gardai were called to the scene shortly after 5pm on Saturday evening.

Mr Lyons was found slumped in a chair in the house, but had a number of marks on his head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body remained there yesterday pending the arrival of a pathologist to carry out a preliminary examination.

His body was then removed for a post-mortem examination, the outcome of which would determine the course of the investigation.

"It may be that the man had some sort of an accident, or it could be something sinister, but gardai will be keeping an open mind until more information is known," said a garda spokesman.

Local sources said the scene cordoned off by gardai is very remote.

"The house is about a quarter of a mile up a track. You can't even see it from the road," said one man.

"I heard Mr Lyons had been targeted in a burglary in the past, but nobody really knows the circumstances around what happened to him over the weekend. It's very sad," he added.

Local Fine Gael councillor Declan Doocey described Mr Lyons as an active man despite his age.

"He would visit the town a few times a week, getting lifts with neighbours and people who used to look in on him," he said.

Loved

"He was a small farmer in his day and a very interesting man.

"He had a love of sport and you'd often see him chatting to neighbours in the town and keeping in touch with what was going on," Cllr Doocey said.

"We're all saddened by his death and anxious to hear what the gardai come up with.

"Paddy was well known and well loved in the town of Lismore."

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