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Sunday 21 January 2018

Jack's death a 'personal tragedy' - gardai

Tragic Jack Clancy
Tragic Jack Clancy

Gardai investigating the discovery of a young man's body at his west Dublin home are now treating the death as a personal tragedy.

Jack Clancy (22) was found unresponsive at the property in Woodville Gardens, Lucan, shortly before 3pm on Sunday.

In the early stages of the inquiry, gardai were investigating whether he may have been killed at the house in suspicious circumstances.

An incident room had been established at Lucan Garda Station and officers had carried out door-to-door inquiries as part of the probe.

However, following a post-mortem examination by the State Pathologist, officers established that Mr Clancy's death was not suspicious and are treating it as a personal tragedy.

"It was initially being treated as suspicious but following the post-mortem, this is now not the case," a source said last night.

Shock

A male relative had discovered Mr Clancy at the home in Lucan on Sunday afternoon and immediately alerted emergency services.

Paramedics and gardai responded, including units from the Armed Support Unit (ASU) due to the serious nature of the report.

Mr Clancy has been described as a "very decent young man" by people in the area, who have been left devastated by his death.

"It's just a shock, we can't believe it. He was well-known in the area, his family would have been very well regarded," one friend told the Herald.

"It doesn't make sense, he was a very decent young man."

A number of locals and friends of Mr Clancy had gathered at the scene on Sunday night.

"I didn't hear a thing, the guards aren't saying what's happened yet," one man said.

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