Irishman dies following attack in Luton
An Irishman has lost his life following an early morning attack in Luton, England.
Kevin Kelly (27) died from injuries he sustained in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Bedfordshire Police have launched an investigation called 'Operation Dubnium' and have appealed to the public for assistance.
It is understood Mr Kelly is originally from a small village in east Kilkenny and was working as a plasterer in Luton.
The small community of Skeoughvosteen, which is located close to the border with Carlow, has been described as "devastated".
Police report Mr Kelly to have been in the Upper George Street area of Luton just after 5am on Sunday morning when "an altercation" broke out.
He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.
Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested in connection to the incident.
They are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.
Mr Kelly attended the St Fiachra’s National School in Skeoughvosteen and later went on to study at Borris Vocational School in neighbouring Co Carlow.
He also played GAA during his teenage years for the local Blacks & Whites GAA Club, where his sister also won an intermediate final for Kilkenny in 2008.
It is understood he travelled to Luton five years ago and established a business.
However, locals say Mr Kelly stayed in contact with friends and family back home in Kilkenny.
It is believed the last time he returned home was just five weeks ago to attend a friend's wedding.
His mother and father, two brothers and two sisters are said to be “completely devastated” by the tragic news.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Peter Cleere, who knew Mr Kelly and lives near his family home, said the entire community is shocked by the tragedy.
“I knew Kevin very well, he was a couple of years below me in primary school. The whole area is stunned,” Cllr Cleere told Independent.ie.
“They are a well known family and well liked. He was a likeable fella and a lovely chap. He was just a nice lad and everybody is stunned.
“We are all devastated for the family. Everybody is shocked, a young man from a rural community… when the word came out nobody knew what to say.