By Sean Moriarty
Garda resources in Killarney were stretched to the limit on Saturday night as they responded to three separate incidents that all took place between 11pm and 12 midnight.
The most serious incident resulted in the unexplained death of a man in his 20s that occurred on Muckross Road at around 11.15.
At the same time, the now infamous anti-social behaviour incident took place on Main St and within minutes a fight involving several youths broke out on College St.
Separately, earlier in the day a motorcyclist was killed in a road traffic accident on the Ring of Kerry and Killarney Gardai were tasked with investigating that crash too.
“An Garda Síochána had resources on patrol in the Killarney District with local Gardai reporting a large number of persons socialising in Killarney over the evening. An Garda Síochána in Killarney were involved in the ongoing investigation of a Fatal Road Traffic Collision and responded to a number of further incidents including the serious investigation into the unexplained death of a male,” a spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.
Superintendent Flor Murphy said that the first incident on the Muckross Road took up the majority of their resources but they still attended the other two incidents within minutes of getting the call.
“Our members were administrating first aid on the Muckross Road, this turned into a tragedy for all involved,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “We responded to the other two incidents in a short space of time but a lot of our resources were at the Muckross Road helping the emergency services.”
Gardai are continuing to investigate the Muckross Road incident which has been upgraded to a criminal investigation.
A post-mortem has since been completed, the results of which will not be released for operational purposes.
Meanwhile Superintendent Murphy confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that both the Main St and College St incidents are under investigation.
“An Garda Síochána does not comment on an extract of audio/video footage, the timeline and context of which cannot be determined,” said the spokesperson. “Gardaí did attend College St shortly before midnight on August 29 as a crowd had gathered.”
Anyone with information, on any incident is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.