Arrest After Kerry Shooting

A man in his 60s has been arrested by gardaí investigating the fatal shooting of an 83-year-old man in County Kerry.

Father-of-five Patrick O’Mahony Sr. is understood to have died from a single gunshot wound to the chest at his Castlemaine home, after his body was discovered on Sunday.

A garda spokesperson said: “As part of this investigation, a man aged in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of murder by investigating gardaí earlier today (Monday). He is currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007, at a Garda Station in Kerry.

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“A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out at the mortuary in University Hospital Kerry. The scene is preserved for technical and forensic examination.” 

An incident room has been set up at Tralee Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed.

Mr. O’Mahony was a founding member of An Riocht Gun Club and according to the Irish Independent was a gunsmith, firearms dealer and collector. His wife Elisabeth died last November. 

Fr. Danny Broderick described the area as “a gentle, quiet community of lovely, decent people. So to hear something like this is going to create awful vibrations all over the place. To die of natural causes in old age or through sickness is one thing but for this to happen is terrible.”

He added: “All we can do is our best to support the family, be with them and stay with them. I know they will have wonderful friends and neighbours supporting them today.”

Mr. O’Mahony’s body was taken to University Hospital Kerry were a post-mortem examination was carried out by the Assistant State Pathologist.