Tributes have been paid this afternoon (Friday) to Lanesboro man Padraig Gaffney who passed away earlier this week in Australia.
The 29-year-old died, just days after appearing in a Melbourne court charged with causing â‚¬500,000 in criminal damage to a hotel almost 12 months earlier.
Mr Gaffney pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed a $10,000 fine after setting off a fire hydrant at Melbourneâ€™s Fraser Place Hotel.
Chief Judge Michael Rozenes said there was no malicious intent in the Longford nativeâ€™s actions despite the construction worker admitting that he had been heavily intoxicated at the time.
It was a summation Mr Gaffney himself underlined as he expressed his deep regret over what happened.
â€œThis entire thing has ruined my life completely,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve spent 10 years in Australia trying to better myself and in the space of one night everything can be taken away from you.
â€œPeople who go out for the night and drink too much can ruin themselves completely.â€
Today, messages of support have been issued to the family of the Lanesboro man after he was found dead on Wednesday.
Local Councillor Mark Casey said news of Mr Gaffneyâ€™s untimely passing had numbed many sections of the local community.
â€œHe (Mr Gaffney) would have played football for Rathcline and was a well got fella. Itâ€™s a big shock to people here,â€ he said.
Itâ€™s believed Mr Gaffney emigrated to Australia a number of years ago.
Local correspondent with the Longford Leader, Joe Oâ€™Brien said locals were still struggling to come to terms with the news.
â€œThere is a lot of shock and sadness around because they (Gaffneyâ€™s) were well liked and much respected,â€ he said.
Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, are providing consular assistance to Mr Gaffneyâ€™s family.