Thursday 19 September 2019
Mayo shooting: Deceased man named locally as gardai probe if elderly man ‘thought he was an intruder’
- Elderly man arrested after man in his sixties is shot dead
- Man in sixties pronounced dead at the scene
- Gardaí preserve scene for technical examination
- One line of investigation is elderly man saw car lights outside his home and fired shots as a warning
There is “great sadness and a deep sense of shock” following the arrest of an elderly man after a man was shot dead last night, locals have said.
The deceased man, named locally as Brendan Kilduff, died in the incident at around 11.55pm in Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo last night.
The second man, aged in his eighties, was arrested by gardaí shortly after the incident. He was released without charge late tonight, with a file sent to the DPP.
The shooting occurred in a very remote area of rural Co Mayo in the townland of Coogue, not far from Knock.
The farm where the shots were fired is down a long laneway close to an old school.
Gardaí are now at the scene of the fatal shooting and have preserved the area for technical examintion.
The injured man was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is believed there is a car at the scene which has evidence of gunshots on it. A large object appears to have been covered with black plastic by Gardai.
The investigation into the shooting is at the very early stages and gardai are keeping an open mind about the circumstances.
However, one line of investigation is that the shooting was not a result of a dispute but more like a tragic incident.
The man who was arrested is understood to have seen car lights outside his house and fired shots from his home as a warning, possibly thinking there were intruders on his property.
However, Mr Kilduff was killed as a result.
The man who was arrested is described as being well liked and respected by neighbours on farms nearby.
They believe that the shooting was a tragedy or a mistake.
Mr Kilduff is understood not to be from the immediate area but from a townland nearby.
Gardai are examining if Mr Kilduff may have been visiting the man who shot him, possibly believing him to be an intruder.
His body has been brought to mayo university Hospital, where apost mortem is due to be carried out.
Locals say there have been a spate of burglaries in the area in the past and people are nervous as a result.
A spokesperson for Knock Shrine said in a statement: “It is with great sadness and a deep sense of shock that we learned of the terrible tragedy that took place in our Parish late yesterday evening.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Knock parish community are with the families and friends of those affected by this sad event.”
The arrested man is being held at Castlebar Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Fred concludes: The people of Mayo are in deep shock for the last 48 hours from Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, and Knock. This is an absolute Tragedy. The old man aged 82, a long time friend of the deceased, Mr Kilduff, has been released from Castlebar station without charge. Sadly this was a complete accidental shooting. The elderly farmers from Mayo and beyond, Galway, Wexford, Cork, Kilkenny, Kerry and literally all of rural Ireland is living in total fear of Roaming Gangs on a nightly basis.
Now let me make this clear today: the word Racism is used against the Irish people for almost 25 years now and it is used like a school cane was used, to keep them in line and it is time that the people stood up and said enough is enough. I am saying today that these are foreign Gangs operating in Ireland along with other Irish Gangs using high powered cars with Police frequency radios and they also can monitor the Garda transmissions on their technology. Now, I repeat – Foreign Gangs and I am no Racist but I am entitled in my own country to an opinion, just like the people of Oughterard and all over Ireland. Can you imagine the state of mind of this old man today in his home after shooting his long-term friend and neighbour due to fear.
Mr Grealish spoke his mind the other day in relation to Asylum Seekers; the bleeding hearts jumped in and called him atrocious names and of course the term Racist was used. So please could someone explain to me why 21% of our prison population is non Irish. I will go further – could the bleeding hearts explain to me how when a phone call was intercepted in the GPO from Lagos “Please come to Ireland, the Welfare cow is not fully milked yet”. I like millions of other Irish people have no problem in people coming to Ireland from overseas and working and paying their taxes. They are very welcome but I say to the bleeding hearts today who spoke on Sean O’Rourke yesterday and the words I could not believe “We have a welcome committee organised for people come in”….Brilliant I say but then I ask do they have a welcome committee for the 14,000 homeless people not just in Dublin now but rising throughout rural Ireland now. If we cannot house our own citizens How the Fuck Can We Organise Welcome Committees for Other People?
The former President Mary Robinson-Bourke said “Open your Doors, Welcome All in” so please explain to me why she has signs up on our period house in Mayo “Trespassers will be prosecuted”. Hypocrisy Irish style at its best. Of course help people but if we cannot house our own, where really are we going? The people of Ireland, I believe, are slowly starting to gain momentum but they need to ask their politicians some serious questions in relation to our own citizens dying every month from the cold and homelessness.
Back to the tragedy in Mayo, we had this in the 1970’s when Gangs traveled and we shall never forget the two elderly brothers beaten to death in their own farm house, well nothing has changed except all the small Garda stations are gone now – it is called modern policing so why are our elderly living alone, more vulnerable now than ever. Some farmers are sleeping with shotguns under their pillows in the year 2019. I ask FF again to not be afraid of Brexit; to stand up for the Irish people and the vulnerable and to plug this shower of clowns out before this country is destroyed not just economically but divided social by hatred, bigotry and poverty. Take a look at Populism in Europe; we are not far behind if we accept the realities. Fred