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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Murdered teacher was tied up

A HISTORY teacher found dead in a Galway pub had been tied up, it has emerged.



John Kenny had his hands tied behind his back and his head covered when his body was found.

The secondary school teacher’s only daughter Gillian – who teaches at the same school – made the gruesome discovery at the family’s Oughterard pub, Kenny’s.

The victim was last seen at the pub on Saturday night and detectives now believe that he was killed some time in the early hours of Sunday morning, by at least one assailant.

Officers believe the motive for the killing may have been robbery.

Mr Kenny taught History, German and Religion.

The victim’s brother is a member of the Garda.

arda James Kenny, who is |stationed in nearby Carraroe, briefly visited the scene of the murder at Kenny's bar in Oughterard this morning.

The middle aged man looked shaken as he approached the garda cordon and shook hands with the officer at the scene.

Later several more family members visited the scene.

Superintendent Noel Kelly of Salthill garda station, who is leading the investigation, said gardai were awaiting the results of a post mortem.

He confirmed that Mr Kenny had been found on the ground floor of the pub by members of his own family.

He said: “Shortly after 5pm yesterday evening gardai were called to a licensed premises in Oughterard. A male person was found deceased on the premises, and gardai are treating his death as suspicious.

“The scene was preserved and State Pathologist Dr Marie |Cassidy has been at the scene, and the body will be removed shortly to University Hospital for a post mortem.”

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Mr Kenny, a married man with an adult daughter, was |a teacher at Presentation |College in Athenry.

The German, history and |religion teacher was described as very popular with students.

The village of Oughterard remained in shock at the brutal killing. Local priest Fr Jimmy Walsh prayed over Mr Kenny's body at the scene last night.

Local man James McGeogh

said: “It's such a shock, you just don't think you're going to see something like this happen in your own town, especially not a small village like this. I knew the family, I'm shocked by it.”

Well-known businessman Pat McDonagh, who is a member of the board of management at Presentation College, said that everyone at the school would be shocked at the tragic news.

“It is terrible news. It is a big shock and our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Kenny’s family,” he said.

The Kenny family is well known in the area and many |of Mr Kenny's siblings live |locally. His brother James, known as Jimmy, followed their father’s footsteps into the gardai. He and Mr Kenny's other |siblings, John, Aidan and |Mary, are now comforting his |widow Kathleen and daughter in their Oughterard home.

“His daughter found him. It's going to be hard for her. She's a teacher and she worked with him in the school in Athenry.

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“She's a lovely girl and to find your father like that must |be just hell,” said another local who did not wished to |be named.

Mr Kelly’s family pub was only open for business on |an occasional basis – mostly |at weekends – and was open on Saturday night.

“We're just all in shock. He

was a lovely man and they are a lovely family,” said local woman Collette Kelly.

“There's just fear out there right now. We don't know who did this and they haven't been caught.

“The children are especially frightened, they didn't want to go to school today and they were afraid for me going to work,” she added.

Supt Kelly added: “I would like to appeal to members of the public or anyone who was on the premises or in the vicinity on Saturday night or Sunday morning to contact the incident room at Oughterard garda station on 091 557320.”



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