Man set for second court appearance following tragic death

Gardai at the scene of the incident on Saturday morning.                           Photo Tony Keane
A 42-yearold man is due to make a second court appearance this week in connection with the death of a young Kildare town man late last Friday night in Naas.

A 42-yearold man is due to make a second court appearance this week in connection with the death of a young Kildare town man late last Friday night in Naas.

Zoltan Almasi, believed to be a Hungarian national and whose address was given as Harbour View House, Naas, appeared before Judge Desmond Zaidan at a special sitting of Naas District Court on Sunday afternoon.

He faces an allegation of assault causing harm on Joseph Dunne contrary to the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

He was remanded in custody to appear again at Naas District Court tomorrow (May 21).

Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for Mr. Dunne, a former secondary school student in Kildare town and who was more recently employed by FAS.

Friends of the deceased posted RIP messages on his Facebook page including “JoJo soundest lad goin’ yel be missed, sleep tight, angel prayers for you and your family.”

Friday night’s incident took place off Basin Street and close to the popular Vie de Chateaux restaurant at the Grand Canal Harbour.

It’s understood that a man was detained at the scene at around 10.30pm.

Shortly afterwards gardai moved to seal off the area and prevented access to the area from Basin Street, Newbridge Road and the roadway leading towards the Sarto residential area. The crime scene was visited by Chief Superintendent Michael Byrnes and was patrolled by gardai overnight pending the arrival of technical experts to examine the area.

There was an outpouring of grief on Facebook as word spread of Joseph (known as JoJo’s) death. The young Ellistown footballer, who was just 20 years old, was a popular young man. Friends spoke of their shock at his sudden demise, posting emotional tributes on the social networking site.“Me n brother JoJo, don’t no what I am gonna do without u, u always there for me through everything, love u, gonna miss u soomuch, going to miss u sooooomuch sleep tight, I no u will be waiting for me up there r.I.p brother,” said one friend.

JoJo was born and raised at Bishopsland, Kildare town, though he lived in Athy in recent years. He has many relations in the town and came from a well respected family. He is the grandson of Dan Browne from Nurney - a brother of Cllr. Francis Browne.

He was a popular young man and was doing a FAS course in Newbridge. A former Kildare Vocational School student, he was on the U/21 panel with Ellistown, having graduated up through the underage ranks since he started playing at seven year old. His brother George also played with the club.

JoJo was planning his 21st birthday. He had a keen interest in sport, particularly horse racing.

Ellistown GFC chairman, Martin Donnelly expressed his shock at the news. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family on their tragic loss,” he said.

A Kildare town local said; “He was a lovely young fella. A deep dark cloud is hanging over the town. It’s terrible.”

Details of his funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

It is the second tragedy to have hit the Dunne family in recent months. The deceased is a cousin of Josephine (also Jojo) Dunne of Lacken View, who died suddenly at the end of last October leaving behind three young children.