Waterford death upgraded to murder investigation; man arrested

Waterford death upgraded to murder investigation; man arrested

UPDATE A man in his twenties has been arrested by Gardaí investigating the death of a 90 year old man in Waterford.

He was arrested this afternoon in Waterford and is currently being detained at Dungarvan Garda station - under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

Gardaí in Dungarvan continue to appeal for witnesses to contact Dungarvan Garda station on 058-48600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

The man and woman Gardaí appealed for in the earlier media appeal have come forward.


EARLIER: The death of a 90 year old man in County Waterford at the weekend has been upgraded to murder.

Paddy Lyons was found slumped in a chair in his house in rural Ballysaggart, Lismore on Saturday evening.

Paddy was last seen alive shortly after 5pm on Friday the 24th of February and his body was discovered on Saturday 25th at 5pm.

Following the results of the postmortem Gardai have upgraded their investigation to a murder inquiry.


The scene is still being examined.

Superintendent Michael Lacey briefed reporters at the scene.

"We're seeking the public's assistance locally and in the wider community who may have any information in relation to this investigation to come forward.

Superintendent Michael Lacey briefing media at the scene


We're especially asking a man and a woman who raised the alarm shortly after 4.30pm on Saturday to contact us.

Paddy was well known in the local community and he had regular visitors to his house, we would ask anyaone who called to his house on a regular basis to contact us at the incident room at Dungarvan Garda Station  05848600 or the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.

Again, Paddy was well liked and well respected in the community and I would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward and contact us."

Gardaí at the scene before the media briefing

Local Councillor Declan Doocey said it's been a difficult weekend for the rural community, "we were all clutching straws with the last 24/48hrs that it might be natural causes, but it's confirmed now that it's a murder inquiry.

Cllr. Declan Doocey with Beat News' Grace O'Sullivan

We're not used to that kind of shocks in these areas - I don't ever remember one of them.

It's just too bad - a lovely lovely man and it shouldn't have happened."

Local man Michael Hale spoke about the community while he was in the local shop earlier, "roughly around 200 people, everyone knows everybody.

When you come in and when you go out - what they're doing.

So everyone knows everyone very closely, it's like a big family really."