Body of former garda found on a road in west Cork

Gardaí rule out foul play following postmortem on 57-year-old man

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man found on the side of a road near Glandore, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man found on the side of a road near Glandore, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

 

Gardaí have ruled out foul play in the death of a former member of An Garda Síochána whose body was found by the roadside in west Cork over the weekend.

A postmortem on Sunday at Cork University Hospital revealed that the 57-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in an accidental fall some 150 yards from Glandore village, where he had been socialising on Friday night.

Gardaí will now prepare a file on the man’s death for an inquest at West Cork Coroner’s Court.

The body of the man was discovered at 1.30am on Saturday by a passing motorist who raised the alarm, and the emergency services were alerted.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and gardaí immediately preserved and cordoned off the area, where the man’s body remained overnight.

Gardaí have established the man was last seen alive sometime after midnight on Saturday before he departed to walk to his home outside Glandore village.