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.

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