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LIMERICK, Ireland – In a tragic turn of events, an inquiry was reopened today in the town of Castleconnell, County Limerick, following the death of Thomas Ryan, a resident who succumbed to injuries allegedly inflicted by his son, Patrick Ryan. The incident occurred last Friday, prompting authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise.

The case takes an unusual twist as the deceased, Thomas Ryan, initially claimed that his injuries were the result of a fall, attributing the tragic incident to a household accident. Mr Ryan reportedly stated that he tripped and accidentally burst a hot water bottle, leading to the injuries that ultimately proved fatal.

However, law enforcement officials presented evidence that contradicts this narrative. According to the police, an argument between Thomas Ryan and his wife escalated when their son, Patrick, intervened. Patrick allegedly struck his father on the head with a shovel handle during the quarrel. The altercation resulted in severe injuries, leading to the unfortunate demise of Mr Ryan due to a skull fracture caused by the alleged assault.

The incident has left the local community in shock, as the initial account provided by the deceased did not align with the evidence presented by the authorities. The reopening of the inquiry indicates a need to thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding Thomas Ryan’s death, shedding light on the events that transpired within the household.

Patrick Ryan, the son implicated in the altercation, has been taken into custody pending further investigation. During the hearing, presided over by Mr Kelly, R.N., Patrick Ryan was remanded into custody as the legal process unfolds.

The community of Castleconnell is grappling with the tragedy, and residents are expressing their condolences to the Ryan family. The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the complexities that can exist within families, even in close-knit communities such as Castleconnell.

Local authorities are urging anyone with additional information related to the case to come forward, as they seek a comprehensive understanding of the events leading to Thomas Ryan’s demise. The reopened inquiry aims to uncover the truth behind the conflicting accounts and provide justice for the victim.

As the investigation continues, the people of Limerick are left awaiting further developments in this unfortunate and unexpected incident that has cast a shadow over their community.

Freeman’s Journal – Wednesday 07 August 1912

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