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10 July, 2020
 
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Irish student’s death shocks community back home

Police rule out foul play in Conor Morgan’s death in Ayia Napa while questions still remain

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There are still questions over the death of a young Irish national in Ayia Napa, who appears to have fallen to his death early Sunday, sending shockwaves in his local community back home.

Police say the body of Conor 'Morgie' Morgan, a 19-year-old student at Dublin City University, was found around 4am on Sunday morning in the ground floor parking lot of an Ayia Napa hotel apartment complex, where he and other friends were staying during their Cyprus vacation.

Reports said Morgan fell to his death from the second floor, about 10 metres high, while state forensic pathologist Nicholas Charalambous, who was called to the scene, ruled out foul play. Media sources cited a head injury in the back of the skull.

Morgan, a well-loved Gaelic football corner-back for the Dundalk Gaels, was visiting Cyprus with about ten friends from his local community

Reports said labour department officials also joined police at the scene, but it was not immediately clear whether additional factors were under investigation.

A post-mortem on Monday is expected to shed light as to the exact cause of death, while witness reportedly told police that the young man had consumed vast quantities of alcohol.

According to Irish media, Morgan was a well-loved Gaelic football corner-back for the Dundalk Gaels, and he was visiting Cyprus with about ten friends from his local community.

School friends, team mates, and rival football clubs took to social media with an outpouring of support to Morgan’s family and offering condolences.

The chair of Dundalk Gaels, Noel Connolly, was quoted in the Independent as saying "The details of what happened are not completely clear yet, but we are trying to pull ourselves together and we're gathering the players.”

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