The Garda technical bureau is is attendance at Roscrea. Photo by PJ Wright.
The body of a man discovered at The Maltings, Roscrea last night with stab wounds remains at the scene for forensic examinations to be carried out.
A house at The Maltings, Roscrea remains sealed off this afternoon following the discovery of the body of a man with stab wounds.
An Garda Siochana were called to scene in the early hours of this morning and made the grim discovery of the mans body after the alarm had been raised at around 2:30am.
When members of the force arrived at the scene they discovered a man in his early 40s with stab wounds - he was pronounced dead at the scene. A short time later, a woman in her mid-40s was arrested and she is currently being held at Nenagh Garda Station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
The victim's body, who has not been yet named, remains at the scene this afternoon. The State Pathologist has been notified and the scene has been sealed off.
Residents in Roscrea are deeply shocked at the turn of events with one saying that it is a real tragedy in such a close knit community.
Cllr Michael Smith said that when news broke of the stabbing on Sunday there was a palpable sense of shock and disbelief in what is regarded as a quiet part of town. “Problems happen in many parts of the country, but when it happens in your home town, or within the County, it makes it all that more tragic. A young man: from what we can hear, it appears to be an argument or disagreement that went horribly wrong. There’s very limited information at this stage.”
It’s understood the man is either Lithuanian or Hungarian in origin, and that he worked in construction both in Dublin, and with a firm in Co. Tipperary. It’s believed he owned a premises in Limerick Street, and commuted to and from Dublin, staying in the capital during the week, and moving back to Roscrea on the weekends.
The Maltings lies at the bottom of the Convent Hill, opposite the Catholic Church, and is situated near the Dean Maxwell Care Centre, and would not be associated with anti-social behaviour. “It’s very quiet part of the town. You’d never hear of any incidents there,” said Cllr Smith. The killing comes in the wake off of a revival in Roscrea’s reputation with the Roscrea Stands Up (RSU) and other organisations and businesses working hard to improve the quality of life for local people through fundraising and liaising with Gardaí. “The efforts that were made - not only by Roscrea Stands Up - but by many other organisations in the town: what Roscrea decided to do, they wanted to make a stand. There have been a lot of improvements and there are other areas where we need to work together. But it’s a tragic circumstance for a young man, when something like this happens.”
Cllr Smith says he believes the East European community are well integrated into Roscrea, and enjoy good relations with their neighbours. “They have bought houses, and have kids in the local schools. Some of them play a very active part, and others we need to work with. A lot of their businesses provide employment in the town, and have integrated in a very successful way.”