Joe Deacy

  • Adrian Deacy, father of 21-year-old Joe Deacy who was murdered just over a year ago, appealed in Bohola Church yesterday  for those with information about his son's death to come forward. Mr. Deacy, who is based in Hertfordshire, England, told an overflow congregation that his only son had died “in a manner befitting an animal”.

    Despite an intensive garda invesitigation which is ongoing, nobody has been charged in relation to Joe Deacy's death.

    The young GAA player, from St Alban’s in Hertfordshire in England had strong Mayo connections and  was found unconscious in the driveway of a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, in the early hours of August 12th , 2017.

    He died days later in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

    At a first anniversary memorial Mass in Bohola yesterday Adrian Deacy described last year as “a living hell” for his family.

    He urged the congregation that instead of praying for Joe they should redirect their prayers to those who know what happened to him.

    He continued: “Without doubt (those persons) are also suffering....hopefully someone, somewhere, possibly in this parish, will have the courage to come forward”.

    Along with his wife, Alison, and daughter, Charlotte, Mr. Deacy travelled from Hertfordshire, for the first anniversary memorial Mass.

    Following the service hundreds of people, many of them from St. Colmcille's GAA Club in Hertfordshire, for whom Joe Deacy played with distinction, joined locals in walking with the family to the location in Gortnasillagh where the young footballer was discovered.

    They carried placards which proclaimed 'Justice for Joe' and 'Someone Knows What Happened” before dispersing later to a memorial GAA match in the dead youth's honour in nearby Swinford.

    Amid emotional scenes family members laid a wreath and a decade of the Rosary was recited.


  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • The family of a young GAA player from England, who was murdered while on a visit to Co. Mayo last August, says they are convinced that “someone knows what happened” and has appealed for them to contact investigating Gardai.

    The Dublin City Coroner this morning adjourned the inquest into his death of 21-year-old Joe Deacy at the request of An Garda Siochana, to permit officers to continue their extensive investigations.

    Mr Deacy, a member of St Colmcille’s GAA club in Hertfordshire and a passionate Mayo GAA fan, was found seriously injured outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in the early hours of Sunday, August 13 last year.

    He was rushed by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he later died.

    Joe Deacy had been visiting relatives in Co. Mayo when he sustained the fatal injuries.

    He had been socialising in Kiltimagh the night before his death.

    Two men arrested for questioning in November under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act were later released without charge.

    Following this morning’s adjournment, Mr Deacy’s father Adrian released a short statement in which he said the family “hoped and prayed” continuing investigations will eventually bring to justice those responsible for Joe’s death.

  • A man in his early 20’s has been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the death of Joe Deacy.

    The 21 year old from St Albans in England, who was a regular visitor to Mayo,  died in hospital on the 13th August last year.

    He had been found with serious head injuries, outside a house in Gortnasillagh near Swinford earlier that weekend.

    The alarm was raised by a passer-by, and Joe was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital and later removed to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he passed away.

    Gardai arrested a man in his 20’s this morning and he is being questioned at Claremorris Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.


  • This Sunday, August 12th, a number of events will be organised in memory of the late Joe Deacy and everyone is invited to attend.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    On Sunday, a Mass will be celebrated, a wreath laying ceremony will take place  and a memorial Gaelic football match will also be held. 

    The events are being organized by St Colmcille’s GAA club, in St Alban’s where Joe was a valued member.

    St Colmcille’s PRO Shane Gill told Midwest News today that Sunday is a chance to rejuvenate the search for answers and an opportunity to celebrate Joe’s passions, which were football, in particular Mayo and West Ham United. 

    The mass will take place in Bohola Church at 11.30am on Sunday, followed by the laying of a wreath at the house where Joe was found at 1pm.

    This will be followed by a memorial Gaelic football match at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, where his club St Colmcilles GAC, will take on ‘The Hammers’, a team comprised of Joe’s friends and family and named after his favourite soccer team, West Ham.