Updated: 26/02/18 : 05:39:24
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Court charges today after killing in Sligo

A MAN in his early thirties has been charged arising from the death of Jimmy Loughlin (20) in Connolly Street on Saturday.

The accused will appear before Donegal District Court this Monday morning at 10.30am.

He was charged following questioning at the weekend while held at Ballymote Garda Station.

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Meanwhile, Gardai are not releasing details of the post mortem into Mr Loughlin’s death for operational reasons.

This is the standard procedure which has been applied in similar cases.

The post mortem was conducted on Sunday at Sligo University Hospital by Dr Linda Mulligan, the Deputy State Pathologist. 

Mr Loughlin worked at McDonalds in the Sligo Retail Park at Carraroe and also did some disc jockey gigs locally.

Friends paid tribute to his memory yesterday: “He was honestly one of the most genuine lads I’ve met,” work pal Andre Bonnici told The Irish Sun on Sunday.

Area political figures, including Tom MacSharry and Blaine Gaffney, also spoke of the shock felt by townspeople.

Mr Loughlin was a native of Kilross between the villages of Ballintogher and Ballygawley in Co Sligo.

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.

"He was regarded by his friends as someone who “would not harm a fly”. He said the young man who had recently started working as a DJ around Sligo town and was very popular. “He was very quiet. People are really shocked that such a thing would happen to him. He was just a harmless, innocent young man”.

Mr Loughlin was remembered by former colleagues as someone who always lifted their spirits with his good humour.

Friends and neighbours said they were bewildered as to how someone who had such a quiet personality could die in such violent circumstances.

He recently made a career change from studying at IT Sligo to follow his love of music and became a very popular DJ in Sligo town venues.

Mr Loughlin had been working in McDonald’s fast food restaurant on a part-time basis since his transition year in 2014.


Local music promotion company Faint, who gave Jimmy his first live DJ gig, said he “will be missed sorely at future events but will never be forgotten” after his “cruel” death.

In a touching tribute yesterday, the team said: “Jimmy was a friendly, kind-hearted person who was also passionate about music and everything that went with it.

“Every conversation always ended up getting really excited about shows we were working on and acts that were coming. He was definitely the type of person that really reminded you of why it is you do what you do.

“Jimmy was always found up the front at Faint shows. Until not long ago, after getting accustomed to playing music, he found himself behind decks with Darragh ­McMahon for his first club gig.”

They added: “He’d never let you forget how grateful he was because that’s the kind of person Jimmy was. Jimmy was a huge support to us, a friend and will be missed sorely at future events but will never be forgotten.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and every one suffering at this extremely difficult time. Rest well Jim.”

              DJ Jimmy Loughlin in action behind the decks.
Photo: Faint Facebook page

Mr Loughlin did his Leaving Cert at Coola Post-Primary School in 2016. The school’s principal Damian McGoldrick described him as a “popular, inoffensive young boy” who was very well liked by both his peers and by the staff. He explained that because Mr Loughlin had a reputation for being kind to younger students and for being a quiet student who would never court trouble, the news had stunned the community.

“The whole school community is shocked and saddened by this horrific tragedy”, said Mr McGoldrick. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents Michael and Paula and his sisters”

“Jimmy had a great sense of humour and everyone loved working with him as he lifted their day with his fun personality,” said the manager. “If you knew you were working with Jimmy you knew you would end up laughing, regardless of what mood you were in.”

A school fundraiser due to take place in the nearby village of Sooey on Saturday night , was cancelled as a mark of respect, as were a number of other community events.

Mr McGoldrick said that the Loughlin family were very popular and well respected. Mr Loughlin’s two younger sisters Kitty and Rose are in third year and transition year at the school while an older sister, Grace, is a past pupil pupil.

It is understood that Mr Loughlin had been sharing the flat on Connolly Street with friends who were away on Saturday with a group from Ballintogher doing a sky-dive in aid of Pieta House.


One of Jimmy’s heartbroken school friends, Korey Moran, also told of his grief online yesterday.

He said: “Words can’t describe the emotions everyone is feeling.

“You were my primary school and secondary school friend and your life was taken at such a young age You were a true gent and friend. RIP bro.”

Another devastated pal, Darragh Kelly, said: “You were an absolute gent, always had a smile on your face and one of the nicest lads to have around the town.”

He added: “Words can’t even describe how much we are all in shock or how much everyone will miss you. Absolute pleasure to know you. Rest easy buddy.”

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or anyone with information to contact Sligo Garda station on 071-9157000, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Funeral arrangements: Mr Loughlin's remains will repose at Fowley’s Funeral Home, Dromahair today Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm and then reposing privately at his home until removal on Wednesday 28th to St. Theresa’s Church, Ballintogher for Funeral Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards at Sooey Cemetery. House Private at all times please.

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