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charges brought Funeral of man from Limerick who died on holiday in Greece to take place on Monday

Two Irish men have been charged with Niall's death


Talented GAA player Niall O'Brien

Talented GAA player Niall O'Brien

Talented GAA player Niall O'Brien

The funeral of Niall O’Brien who died while on holiday in Greece will take place in Limerick on Monday.

Niall, 22, from Castletroy, Limerick, sustained serious head injuries and died on the Greek island of Ios, where he was holidaying with friends, last Monday.

An Irishman has been charged with causing Niall’s death and if found guilty could face up to 10 years in prison.

The man, who is a 20-year-old from Dublin but has not been named by Greek authorities, has been charged with one count of causing deadly injury to Mr O'Brien.

His lawyer has said he will be contesting the charge and claimed the evidence against him was “weak”.

A death notice for Niall published this weekend described how he died tragically while on holiday in Greece.

“Niall will be sadly and forever missed by his loving family, huge circle of friends and all his teammates,” the notice said.

“Niall is survived by his adoring parents Mike and Anne, his broken hearted brothers Cian, Eoin and Alan, grandparents Basil and Rita Boyce; uncles and aunts Cathal & Joanne, Diarmuid & Fiona, Ray & Sandra, Ollie & Fiona; Eileen & James, James & Brid, Pat & Caroline, Pauline & Stephen, PJ & Mary, John & Noelette, Tony & Helen, Arthur and Niall’s many dear cousins. Always in our hearts. May he Rest In Peace.”

His remains are reposing at his parents’ home in Monaleen Park in Castletroy tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm.

His funeral mass will take place at 3.3pm on Monday in Our Lady help of Christians Church, Milford followed by burial afterwards in the St Peter's Church grounds, Broadford, Co. Clare.

The funeral mass can be viewed live on www.churchservices.tv/milfordlimerick

The suspect in his death was not known to Niall beforehand. It is alleged the two men were involved in an altercation which resulted in Niall sustaining the head injury.

The suspect was released on bail on Thursday and as part of his bail conditions must sign on once a month at Greek Embassy in Dublin.

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Mr O’Brien, who was due to begin fourth year, studying Financial Mathematics at the University of Limerick, was due to begin work as a barman at Castletroy Golf Course, next week.

The club paid tribute to Niall this week.

“Niall joined Castletroy Golf Club in 2011 as a Junior Member and went on to represent the club in various team competitions throughout the years. He was part of the Irish Junior Foursomes team in 2016, holing the winning birdie putt on the first play-off hole to win the Munster title.”

“Niall was a very popular and well-liked member of the club who was due to commence work in the club bar next week after he returned from his trip to Greece. We are devastated that Niall will no longer be able to join us, and we have no doubt that he would have been a wonderful addition to our team, like his brothers before him.”

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