A local community is in shock following the death of Kevin Kelly (27) in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mr Kelly, who was from the area of Kilkenny around Skeoghvosteen/Goresbridge, died after being assaulted in the town centre of Luton, UK, where he had been living in recent years. A 23-year-old man from Luton was arrested and questioned in connection with the incident, and has subsequently been released on bail.
It's understood that Mr Kelly was involved in an altercation, following which he was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. An investigation remains under way.
A minute's silence was observed for the deceased at a hurling match between Graignamanagh and Blacks and Whites yesterday.
Locals in Skeoghvosteen and Goresbridge, where Mr Kelly was from, are still coming to terms with the loss. His family are well known and he was a popular figure here before moving to Luton to pursue his career as a plasterer.
A past pupil of Borris Vocational School, Mr Kelly had just last year embarked on a new enterprise, KK plastering and Dry lining Ltd.
Local councillor Peter 'Chap' Cleere said Mr Kelly was well liked and the news had come as a huge shock to the whole community.
“People can't believe it - he was such a lovely fellow,” he said.
A memorial fund has been set up by the plasterers' talk group and can be found at www.gofundme.com/224ct6r8.