Man killed whereas out fishing in Kildare not first tragedy to hit household

Man killed while out fishing in Kildare not first tragedy to hit family

THIS is the person who died after a vicious beating whereas out fishing, the Irish Solar can reveal.

Roy Hopkins, 34, was found with critical accidents at Glenaree Bridge, outdoors Rathangan, Co Kildare, after 9pm on Friday night time.

 Tragic Roy Hopkins


Tragic Roy Hopkins
 The scene near the river in Kildare was investigated by gardai


The scene close to the river in Kildare was investigated by gardai
 The river outside Rathangan, Co  Kildare


The river outdoors Rathangan, Co  Kildare

It’s believed he had been fishing when he acquired into an altercation with one other man which resulted in him struggling critical accidents.

Tragic Roy was taken to Naas Normal Hospital the place he was subsequently pronounced lifeless.

A person in his 20s was later arrested and was final night time being questioned by gardai at Kildare garda station.

The Irish Solar on Sunday has realized that it’s not the primary tragedy to hit the Hopkins household.

The lifeless man’s sister Debbie handed away from most cancers in 2014, whereas his father additionally died a lot of years in the past.

A supply informed us final night time: “That poor household have been by means of quite a bit lately. Debbie was solely in her earliy twenties when she died and she or he was an solely lady with 5 brothers,

“It is a devastating blow to all of them.”


The realm the place Roy was discovered is in a rural a part of Co Kildare on the Grand Canal, in a spot standard with native fishermen.

Gardai known as to his mom Caitriona’s home in Rathangan on Friday night time to interrupt the devastating information.

Native Fianna Fail councillor Anne Connolly mentioned she knew the household nicely and it’s a heartbreaking time for them.

She informed the Irish Solar on Sunday: “They’re such a stunning household. Effectively-known and well-liked in Rathangan.

“The entire household prolonged household are all nonetheless within the space. They’re such an enormous household, there’s a lot of brothers, in addition to uncles and aunts all nonetheless residing domestically.

“And so they’re massive contributors to the world too, giving again to the group.


“It was such a tough time for them when Debbie died and now having to undergo one thing like that is exhausting to grasp.

“That is simply unbelievably unhappy for all of them and it has deeply affected the entire group of Rathanga.

“It’s been such a tough time for everybody with the pandemic and now for one thing like this to occur round right here is tough to course of.

“The place the place the incident occurred is such a gorgeous spot, standard with folks strolling or biking and naturally fishing.

“The realm shouldn’t be identified for having something like this taking place in any respect.

“I don’t know the circumstances of what occurred. Somebody mentioned to me that he was fishing however that’s all I do know concerning the incident, I couldn’t say for certain.”


Yesterday a blue tent the place Roy had been discovered was erected by gardai and a lot of native officers had begun finishing up searches within the undergrowth for something which may give them extra details about what occurred.

Some native younger males arrived on the scene to go fishing and had been made conscious of the person’s dying.

One mentioned: “I heard about it this morning and was shocked as a result of it’s such a quiet space, nothing like that ever occurs in right here and even in Rathangan in any respect.

“I do know of the chap who died however wouldn’t know him.


“It’s so unhappy for the household and our ideas are with them. Hopefully the gardai can resolve what occurred.”

Cops mentioned that investigations into the killing have been ongoing,

Gardai mentioned: “Shortly after 9pm on Friday, 31st July 2020, a person in his 30s was found with critical accidents at Glenaree Bridge, Rathangan, County Kildare.

“The person was taken by ambulance to Naas Normal Hospital the place he was subsequently pronounced lifeless.

“A autopsy is scheduled to happen at a later date and can be carried out by the State Pathologist.

“Following enquiries by Gardaí, a person in his 20s was later arrested. He’s presently being detained at Kildare Garda Station underneath Part Four of the Prison Justice Act, 1984.

“The scene is presently preserved and the companies of the Garda Technical Bureau has been requested.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

 Fianna Fail's Anne Connolly


Fianna Fail’s Anne Connolly


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