Updated: 25/02/18 : 10:48:30
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Sligo murder victim named as McDonald's worker

A murder probe has been launched after the discovery of the body of man who was beaten to death with an iron bar.

The body of Jimmy Loughlin, 20, from Ballintogher, Co Sligo was found at a house on Connolly Street in Sligo town at 1.30pm yesterday.

It is believed that the victim was attacked with the bar after a row with another man.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the Connolly St area was cordoned off to allow a garda forensic unit to carry out a technical examination.

A 31-year-old man from the Sligo area has been arrested as part of the probe and is currently being held at Ballymote Garda Station.

The young man’s remains remained at the property until the state pathologist arrived.

Jimmy, who was described by a local as “a lovely guy”, worked at the Sligo branch of McDonald’s in the Sligo Retail Park in Carraroe on the outskirts of the town.

Gardai confirmed that they have launched a murder investigation into the brutal assault following the grim discovery.

A garda spokesman said yesterday: “Gardai at Sligo are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of a 20-year-old man this afternoon.

Gardai were called to the scene of an incident in a house at Connolly St, Sligo at approximately 1.30pm.

“A 20-year-old man, who investigating gardai believe was the victim of an assault, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The office of the state pathologist has been notified and a Garda technical team are currently at the scene.

“A 31-year-old man was arrested a short time later in connection with this investigation and is currently detained at Ballymote Garda Station.

“Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this assault or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda Station on (071) 915 7000, the Garda Confidential line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda station. “Investigations are continuing.”

Members of the local community yesterday expressed sadness yesterday at the death of the young man.

"People are very shocked by what has happened," said a local businessman. "The entirety of Connolly Street has been blocked off, the house was rented to a number of young people."

The man said people had heard that the victim may have been struck on the head with an object.

It is believed a wheel brace may have been used as a weapon during the assault.

Blaine Gaffney, a Fine Gael local area representative in Sligo, told the Irish Sun that the community was in “total shock”.

He said: “The shocking news of the horrific murder of a young man coming from Sligo today has taken the whole town by complete shock.

"It happened on a quiet thoroughfare away from the centre of the town. It's a quiet residential street."

“Everyone in the town in Sligo is talking about it today. People can’t believe it.

Thomas Walsh, secretary of Ballygawley Enterprise and Development told Sligo Today, "The thoughts and prayers of the whole community are with the Loughlin family at this very difficult time.

"Jimmy will be greatly missed by many.

"Another taken way to early. RIP. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam."

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