Arrest made following the death of a man in Douglas

Arrest made following the death of a man in Douglas
Joe O’Callaghan, 66, originally from Grange, who was found dead at his home on Galway’s Lane, Douglas this morning.

An arrest was made this afternoon in relation to the death of a 66-year-old man in Douglas this morning.

A man in his 20's was arrested under section four and detained at Togher Garda Station. He can be held for 24 hours.

The death of Joe O’Callaghan has left the local community shocked, upset and worried about their own personal safety.

Gardai at the scene where a body was found at Galway Lane, Douglas. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Gardai at the scene where a body was found at Galway Lane, Douglas. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Mr O’Callaghan was found at a house in a pool of blood in the Galway’s Lane area of Douglas at 8.30am this morning.

A Crime Scene Investigation was assembled and sniffer dogs extensively searched the surrounding area for anything of interest.

A post-mortem is expected to be carried out tomorrow and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Gardaí are conducting house to house enquiries and local CCTV footage is being examined from the time Mr O’Callaghan was last seen.

Local Councillor Joe Harris, who knew Mr O’Callaghan, 66, for the past 50 years, said locals wanted the case solved as soon as possible.

“We need to find out what happened,” Mr Harris said.

Mr Harris said he knew Mr O’Callaghan well. “We went to school together and grew up together. He even did a bit of work for me in the garden. He was a landscaper when he was younger.

Mr O’Callaghan was married for the second time to Angeline and had three children. He had also been made a grandfather very recently.

Mr Harris said his family are devastated by his sudden death.

“He was from a very well known, well-respected family in Douglas. Our families grew up together. I know his brothers, they are good characters. I would meet him down at Tesco’s and we would have a coffee the odd time. It is very sad.

The local councillor said Mr O’Callaghan was a “happy go lucky” fella who had health issue in recent times “We would always have a bit of banter together at Tesco, have a coffee and a cigarette in the sun.” 

Anyone who was in the Galway’s Lane area of Douglas between 10pm on July 1 and 8:30am on July 2 is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021-4947120, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

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