Man killed in Tralee named locally as former construction worker Joe Brosnan

The man in his 50s who was killed in Tralee on Sunday evening has been named locally.

This is Joe Brosnan, who was a former construction worker from a well-known and respected family in the North Kerry town.

Gardaí in Tralee continue to question two men about the circumstances of his death.

Shortly after 7pm on Sunday evening, Gardaí and the emergency services were called to a flat in the Abbey Court apartment complex, Tralee.

It is understood that a house party was taking place in Mr Brosnan’s flat at the time, which was attended by a number of people.

Mr Brosnan was allegedly involved in an altercation with the two men and was discovered seriously injured in his flat, but was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

He was allegedly stabbed.

A man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Tralee Garda station.

Shortly after 7pm, Gardaí and emergency services attended a flat in the Abbey Court apartment complex, Tralee, where a man in his 50s was found seriously injured.

Another man, in his thirties and believed to be represented by Killarney lawyer Padraig O’Connell, has been arrested and is assisting the gardaí with their investigations at Killarney Garda station.

Sinn Féin councilor Cathal Foley said: “I knew Joe and my heart goes out to his family.

“He came from a good family, which has had its share of drama in recent years.

“But they would be well regarded and respected in the city.”

The local coroner has been notified and the services of the State Pathologist and Garda Technical Office have been requested to investigate Gardaí.

The body of the deceased remains on the premises which is currently preserved.

A technical examination of the premises and an autopsy will take place this morning.

An incident room was established at Tralee Garda station and an initial case conference was held by investigators.

Gardaí is appealing for witnesses and is particularly appealing to those who were near the Abbey Court flats and Denny Lane/Street areas between 6.30pm and 7pm yesterday to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station (066) 710 2300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Alice F. Ponder