A 41-year-old man, known for his love of hunting, died in a shooting incident in Cork City yesterday.
It is believed the man, named locally as Diarmuid Byrne, was at home with a friend, also in his 40s, when the gun was accidentally discharged.
He was dead by the time emergency services arrived at the house on Plunkett Rd in Ballyphehane, not long after 4.30pm. It is understood Mr Byrne lived alone.
The scene was sealed off by gardaí yesterday and the body was removed from the house by about 7pm. It was understood yesterday that Mr Byrne grew up in the area. He loved to hunt rabbits at weekends, and his gun was legally held.
Crowds of young people were gathered near the house last evening. Many of the neighbours, despite living only doors away from the scene, said they had only learned of the incident on TV and radio.
The other man who was in the house at the time was said to be assisting gardaí with their investigation at Togher Garda station.
Local Independent city councillor Mick Finn said: “The tight-knit community of Ballyphehane has been rocked by this terrible accident. Diarmuid, who was very well liked in the community, had a great passion for hunting and was a familiar sight in the Cork countryside. My sympathies are with his family, friends, and neighbours in Ballyphehane.”
Assistant State pathologist Margaret Bolster travelled to Ballyphehane from the Baltimore tragedy inquest in Clonakilty, where she had given evidence earlier. She completed a preliminary investigation and an autopsy is due to be held today.
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