Murder inquest after Kerry House Party knife horror as couple question death of construction worker

Gardai is set to open a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death at a house party.

Joe Brosnan, 52, was killed at his Abbey Court flat in Tralee, County Kerry, on Sunday.

It is understood the famous construction worker was stabbed after an alleged personal row erupted during a gathering at his home.

READ MORE: Man killed in Tralee, Co Kerry, stabbed, locally named Joe Brosnan

Officers believe Mr Brosnan had a number of people inside his flat for a party – when a verbal argument escalated between him and other people he knew.

It is also suspected that a significant amount of alcohol was consumed at the gathering.

Last night two men were questioned over the death of Mr Brosnan after they were arrested shortly after the alarm was raised with emergency services around 7pm.

One of those arrested – a man in his 50s – was taken to Tralee Garda station, where last night he was being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The other man, aged around 30, was being held at Killarney Garda station.

Both can be held for up to 24 hours before being charged or released.

The scene was cordoned off on Monday as Garda forensic officers searched the area for evidence.

Gardai on the premises of the Abbey Court apartment complex in Tralee, Co Kerry

Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Heidi Okkers arrived at the scene on Monday afternoon – and a post-mortem examination is expected to take place.

Speaking of the tragic man who died, local councilor Cathal Foley said: ‘I know his family well.

“He has been a local man from Tralee all his life.

“His family is in Tralee. They are a very respected and hardworking family.

“This family has already suffered a tragedy.

“His younger brother also tragically lost his life. This is another tragedy that strikes the family. This is terrible news.

Meanwhile, investigating wardens who have set up an incident room at Tralee Garda station have appealed for help from the public.

Anyone who saw or heard anything around 6.30pm or 7pm in the Denny Street, Denny Lane or Abbey Court areas is asked to contact them.

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