No foul play in North Clare death

No foul play in North Clare death


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí investigating the death of a man found lying in a road in Co Clare early yesterday are satisfied that foul play was not a factor.

The man, believed to be from Poland originally, was found by a local man lying unconscious on the roadside in Lisdoonvarna at around 6.00am.

The ambulance service and gardaí were alerted and the man was rushed to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

It had been initially feared that the man had been the victim of a hit-and-run incident.

It’s understood the man had only been released from hospital in recent days. It’s thought he may have collapsed while returning home on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning.

Gardaí are satisfied that there was nothing suspicious about the man’s death and that he may have succumbed to hypothermia.

Gardaí from Ennistymon are working with the Polish Embassy in an effort to locate and inform the man’s next of kin. It’s understood he has no family in Ireland.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.