Oughterard, Co Galway: Garda Probe After Body Of Publican Is Discovered Inside Pub: UPDATED

25 Sep


A POST MORTEM will be carried out today on the body of a publican found dead in his pub.

Detectives are investigating the suspicious death of publican and teacher John Kenny discovered in his licensed premises Kenny’s on Main Street in Oughterard, Co Galway.

It is understood his arms were tied behind his back when he was discovered at about 6pm yesterday by family members.

The scene was sealed off overnight for a forensic examination.

The State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, is expected to carry out a post mortem examination today.

Mr Kenny, a separated father-of-one in his mid 50s, has also worked as a teacher at the Presentation Athenry, where he taught German, history and religion.

Independent Councillor Thomas Welby said Mr Kenny was a popular man who kept himself to himself.

“He was a lovely man, a very nice guy,” he said. “It’s a real tragedy for his family.

“Everybody is shocked by it, the whole village is numbed.”

Last night, businessman Pat McDonagh, who is a member of the board of management at Presentation College, said that everyone associated with 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 at this difficult time,” he said.

The son of a former garda, Mr Kenny has brothers and sisters living in the Oughterard area. His family pub was only open for business on an occasional basis — mostly at weekends and was open on Saturday night.

Supt Tony O’Donnell, who is leading the investigation, would only confirm that gardai were treating the death as suspicious.

He appealed to anyone who was in the pub on Saturday to contact gardai at 091 538000.

– Sarah Stack and Brian McDonald

Irish Independent


GARDAÍ in Co Galway were last night preparing to launch a murder investigation after the body of a teacher was found in his family’s pub.

Investigating officers sealed off Kenny’s Bar in Oughterard following the discovery of John Kenny’s body yesterday by family members.

The pub had not been opened during the day.

The state pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy, is due to carry out a preliminary post-mortem today in an effort to find out how Mr Kenny died.

Mr Kenny, whose family has run the pub in the busy angling town of Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib for years, also worked as a teacher in Presentation College in Athenry.

Mr Kenny, who was in his 50s, is the son of a former garda. He has one daughter and a number of siblings who live in the area.

The pub opened on an occasional basis in the town, which is about 35km west of Galway city.

Gardaí sealed off the premises after Mr Kenny’s body was discovered there at about 6pm yesterday. A spokesman confirmed they are treating the death as “suspicious”.

Independent Galway county councillor Thomas Welby, who knew Mr Kenny well, said the community was stunned by his death.

“He was born and reared here, he was well-known in the locality, and so this is a very big shock to the community,” said Mr Welby.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone who was in the pub over the weekend to contact them on 091 538000.


Gardaí have launched an investigation in into the death of a publican whose body was found in a licenced premises in Oughterard in Co Galway this evening.

They say they are treating the death as ‘suspicious’

The man’s body was found in the pub by family members shortly before 6pm. The pub had not been opened during the day.

Gardaí immediately sealed off the area and have arranged for the State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy to carry out a post mortem examination tomorrow morning

Gardaí say they are not prepared for operational reasons to release any details of the injuries the man sustained but Supt Tony O Donnell, who is heading up the investigation, said they are now treating the death as ‘suspicious’.

He is appealing to anybody who was in the pub last night to contact Gardaí in Oughterard or in Galway city if they have any information that could help them with their enquiries.

Keywords:  dr marie cassidy

The body of a man has been discovered in a pub in Co Galway.

Gardai were called to the premises in Oughterard when the man, aged in his 50s, was found at about 6pm on Sunday.

The body of a man has been discovered in a pub in Co Galway

The area has been sealed off for a technical examination and the offices of the State Pathologist has been notified.

It is understood the victim owns the pub.

A Garda spokesman said the body remains at scene



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