UPDATED: Gardaí arrest man over suspected fatal Kildare assault  

Deceased was from the area

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara



BREAKING: Gardaí arrest man over suspected fatal Kildare assault  

Gardai at the scene of the incident at Glenaree Bridge, Rathangan, on Saturday, August 1. Picture: Aishling Conway/Leinster Leader/KildareNow

A man in his 20s has been arrested by gardaí investigating a suspected fatal assault near Rathangan.

He is currently being detained at Kildare garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Shortly after 9 o’clock yesterday (Friday), a man in his 30s was discovered with serious injuries at Glenaree bridge outside the town. It's understood the deceased was from the Rathangan area and gardaí are investigating the possibility of an altercation having taken place in a residential area in the town earlier.

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The man was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

A post-mortem is scheduled to take place at a later date and will be conducted by the State Pathologist.

Following enquiries by gardaí, a man was later arrested. 

The scene is currently preserved and the services of the Garda Technical Bureau has been requested.

Investigations are ongoing.

Glenaree bridge is an old structure spanning the Grand Canal in an isolated setting and is located between three and four miles from the town. The route links the main route out of Rathangan towards Newbridge/Naas with the road between Rathangan and Allenwood.