Funerals held for two men killed in Co Monaghan as gardaí probe potential link

Funerals held for two men killed in Co Monaghan as gardaí probe potential link

01/12/2022 Gardai and forensics outside the house where a body was discovered outside Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews.ie

Funerals have taken place for two men killed in Co Monaghan as gardaí continue to investigate whether one was involved in the other’s death.

Detectives launched a murder investigation after the body of Christopher Mooney, 60, was found in his home in Broomfield, near Castleblayney, on Thursday morning last week.

They are investigating whether his death is linked to man killed in a fatal road collision that took place on the N53 a few miles from Mr Mooney’s home that same morning.

Kieran Hamill, 37, from Crossmaglen, across the border in Co Armagh, died after being struck by a car as he crossed the Ballynacarry Bridge on foot.

Gardai are investigating whether Mr Hamill, a father of two, was involved in the death of Mr Mooney and was knocked down as he fled the scene.

Separate funerals took place on Monday morning.

 01/12/2022 Pictured is a Garda Checkpoint near the scene where a body found was found in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews.ie
01/12/2022 Pictured is a Garda Checkpoint near the scene where a body found was found in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews.ie

Mourners gathered at St Patrick’s Church at Broomfield, on the outskirts of Castleblayney, for a requiem mass for Mr Mooney.

The funeral for Mr Hamill took place at St Patrick’s Church in Crossmaglen.

Presiding at the service for Mr Mooney, priest Fr Michael Daly said the community was in a state of “shock and sadness” at the “untimely and tragic death”.

“Today as a parish community and beyond we are numbed, we are shocked, we are saddened – and above all the family of Christopher – by the untimely and tragic death of Christopher,” he said.

During the funeral for Mr Mooney, Fr Daly also said a prayer for Mr Hamill and his family.

He added: “And we think of all families who are suffering from trauma or loss of any kind.” Gardai continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

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