Man found dead in caravan in Cork named


A man found dead in a caravan in Skibbereen, Co Cork, on St Stephen's Night has been named as Philip O'Driscoll (51), a married father of seven, whose children range in age from 17 to two years.

Mr O'Driscoll's body was discovered in a caravan at Marsh Road shortly after 7.30pm on Monday night.

It is understood a cousin of the dead man owned the caravan.

Gardaí spent yesterday trying to piece together Mr O'Driscoll's last known movements and were anxious to speak to people who may have seen him socialising in Drimoleague on Monday.

Mr O'Driscoll spent the afternoon before his death in the company of two male cousins and a woman.

Gardaí are appealing to witnesses who may have seen Mr O'Driscoll and his three companions in a red Opel Corsa on Monday afternoon and evening to come forward.

They have also asked potential witnesses who were in Drimoleague or on the road to Skibbereen between 7pm and 7.30pm on Monday evening to contact Clonakilty Garda station.

Meanwhile, Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out a preliminary examination of the body at the scene in Skibbereen.

A full postmortem took place at Cork University Hospital yesterday morning.

It is understood Mr O'Driscoll had suffered serious head injuries and it is hoped that the results of the postmortem will establish the exact cause of death.

Mr O'Driscoll's wife and children were being comforted by friends in Skibbereen yesterday. Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised.

An incident room has been set up at Clonakilty Garda station. Anyone with information on the case should phone gardaí at 023 21570.