90 year old Paddy Lyons was found slumped in a chair at his farmhouse near the village of Ballysaggart in west Waterford on Saturday evening.

He was thought as having suffered violent injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday after emergency services were called to his home.

The alarm was raised by a couple who arrived at the remote house. The couple have since been eliminated from inquiries.

Following an autopsy carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at University Hospital Waterford, the investigation was upgraded to a murder investigation.

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Production ManagerDeclan joined The Avondhu in 1988 and came straight in to the company as a designer and compositer, in the days before on-screen page layout.After seeing many technological changes, and completing a City & Guilds design course, he took on the role of Production Manager and IT Manager, and has remained in this position to this day and loves the challenge of keeping the newspaper looking fresh and modern.In his spare time, Declan loves to get out and about taking landscape photographs.