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Monday 18 December 2017

BallyK victim was hit by car, gardai reveal

Gardai are now confident that Brian Doyle who died outside a pub in Avoca this week, was killed after he was hit by a passing car.

It was initially believed that Mr Doyle (48) died after a blow he received during a row outside the pub.

The row was over the Liverpool v Everton match they had been watching.

Mr Doyle was later found lying on the ground outside Fitzgerald's pub -- a location made famous on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel.

Garda sources said Mr Doyle fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.

Indications suggested his death was due to the blow and the fall. This has now changed.

"A car probably hit him. The cause of death is due to the car, rather than him [the man who struck him]," said a garda source. He said Mr Doyle had been lying on the ground after he fell and that he was partially on the footpath and partially on the road.



Timid

He said his head may have been sticking out and was struck by a car that was passing by at about 9.15pm. The driver, a local woman, then rang the gardai.

Following tests on her car, gardai have come to the view that the cause of death was due to the car striking Mr Doyle.

Gardai have already spoken to the man involved in the row outside Fitzgerald's.

The 23-year-old local man, is understood to have admitted to gardai he had an altercation with Mr Doyle.

He was interviewed voluntarily and has not been arrested. Mr Doyle has been described by friends as a "proper gentleman" who was "very timid" and would not have been known to cause trouble. Mr Doyle, who was unemployed, was in "great form" when he joined his friends in Fitzgerald's.

The village came to a standstill this evening for Mr Doyle's removal. Hundreds lined the Main Street as his remains were brought to the church for burial tomorrow.

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