Brother of tragic MMA fighter Joao Carvalho finally gets some answers

‘It's hard but at least everyone knows now what conditions were like at the fight’

A mural in memory of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

A mural in memory of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

Finally, after almost two years of soul-deadening visits to this country, something good happened to Alex Silvestre in Ireland.

On Thursday evening, after a long day sitting in Dublin Coroner’s Court listening to the details of the night his brother Joao Carvalho lost his life in an MMA fight, Silvestre looked certain to miss his flight until a Garda intervened and offered a blue-lights-flashing escort to the airport. One act of kindness goes a long way.

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