Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to murdered teacher

A publican and teacher found murdered in the pub he ran part-time has been remembered as a valued colleague.

John Kenny, 56, who taught at Presentation College Athenry and kept the family business running in Oughterard, Co Galway, was assaulted in the premises.

He was found dead on the ground floor of Kenny's bar on Sunday, reportedly discovered with his arms tied behind his back.

Colleagues at the school paid a warm tribute. "It is with deep regret that we have learned of the untimely death of our friend and colleague," they said.

"Our thoughts lie with his family, especially his wife Kathleen and his daughter, Gillian, who is also a colleague of ours in the school. John was a valued member of the teaching staff of Presentation College Athenry for the past 19 years. He was held in high esteem by staff, students and parents alike."

Mr Kenny taught German, history and religion and was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, particularly soccer. He was also a keen swimmer.

The school added: "The whole school community is deeply shocked and saddened at this time. We mourn the loss of a colleague and a friend."

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Kenny died as a result of an assault.

The alarm was raised on Sunday when his body was found on the premises by family members. Gardai were called to the scene shortly after 6pm.

The pub was next door to his home in the popular angling village near Lough Corrib. Mr Kenny opened the bar on a part-time basis. It was last open on Saturday night and gardai appealed for everyone socialising then to come forward.

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