Man is released in death probe

A FILE is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions after gardaí last night released a man without charge following the death of a father-of-seven in Skibbereen, Co Cork.

A 40-year-old man, arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, was released from Clonakilty garda station just before 6pm yesterday.

The deceased, 51-year-old Philip O’Driscoll, died from injuries sustained during a suspected roadside altercation on St Stephen’s Day.

A post mortem on Mr O’Driscoll’s body showed he died from head injuries.

Gardaí established that he had been drinking in the nearby town of Drimoleague with two other men and a woman on Monday last.

It is believed they left the town after an altercation developed when they were refused entry to a local pub.

Gardaí believe that a row broke out among the four as they travelled back to Skibbereen. The investigation is focused around Gurranes on the Drimoleague-Skibbereen road.

“We had a very good response from the public,” Superintendent Pat Maher said.

Mr O’Driscoll’s body was discovered at Marsh Road, Skibbereen shortly before 8pm on St Stephen’s Day. Gardaí cordoned off the area for forensic examination. They also cordoned off the scene at Gurranes where it is believed Mr O’Driscoll was attacked.

An incident room has been set up at Clonakilty garda station and anybody with information is asked to contact (023) 21570.

More in this section