Weapons seized at Traveller funeral in Manorhamilton

Two members of the Travelling Community were arrested for possession of offensive weapons in Manorhamilton last Thursday and Friday.

Two members of the Travelling Community were arrested for possession of offensive weapons in Manorhamilton last Thursday and Friday.

The removal and funeral of Martin McDonagh, a member of the Travelling Community from Dungannon, Co Tyrone was held in Manorhamilton on November 3 and 4.

The death of Mr McDonagh had initially been treated as a murder by the PSNI last week, when he died following an incident in the Castle Hill area of Dungannon on Tuesday afternoon, November 1.

Two people had been arrested on suspicion of murder, but the result of a post-mortem examination determined that the 38 year old died of natural causes.

The PSNI said his death was no longer being treated as suspicious.

Manorhamilton Gardai said they received short notice of the funeral, but had adequate personnel in the town.

They said some pubs closed their doors and others had supervision on the doors. The Gardai said the funeral “passed peacefully” and members moved out of town after the funeral.

Manorhamilton Gardai said they made one arrest on Thursday evening and one on Friday for “possession of offensive weapons.” It is understood there is a family plot in the local graveyard which a number of Traveller families use from around the region.