Connemara man charged with brother’s murder

Declan Ó Cualain appearing at Galway District Court.

Declan Ó Cualain appearing at Galway District Court.

A 40-year-old Connemara man charged with the murder of his brother, whose body was found in Clare earlier this week, has been remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow.

Declan Ó Cualain (Folan ), with an address at Cuileán, An Cheathrú Rua, Co Galway, was brought before a special sitting of Galway District Court at around 7.30pm on Tuesday evening where he was formally charged with the murder of Adrian Folan at Lislorkin North, Liscannor, Co Clare, on Friday July 4.

Ó Cualain was arrested on Monday morning in Galway city and brought to Mill Street Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He was formally arrested at 6.22pm on Tuesday  and charged with murder. Judge Mary Fahy granted an application by the State to have the accused remanded in custody. An application for legal aid was also granted.

A Garda investigation began after there were concerns over the whereabouts of 41-year-old Adrian Folan. The computer programmer who had moved to Athlone some months ago to take up a one-year post graduate programme had been reported missing since Thursday July 3. Gardai in Clare discovered Mr Folan’s body under a mound of rocks at a quarry in Liscannor on Monday July 7, and a post mortem was later carried out by Dr Marie Cassidy.

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