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Man in court after death of Derry man Edmund Rice

Edmund Rice was found unconscious in Tramore, Co Waterford

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THE funeral is due to take place today of a Derry man who died after he was allegedly assaulted in Co Waterford.

Edmund Rice (54) was found unconscious on a street in Tramore on Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital, but passed away a day later.

A married man with four children, he is believed to have been originally from Derry city, but had been living in the Ferrybank area of Co Waterford for a number of years.

Tributes have been paid online to Mr Rice, describing him as "a lovely man" and a "great guy".

Gardai said he was discovered following an incident on Lower Strand Street in the seaside town during the early hours of Saturday.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene and appeared before a special sitting of Waterford District Court on Sunday.

Niall Hewson of the Clarinwood estate in Tramore was charged with assault causing harm to Mr Rice.

The court was told that Mr Hewison offered no reply when charged. He was released on bail with conditions attached and is due to appear in court again on July 25.

Requiem Mass for Mr Rice is due to be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church, Ferrybank, Co Waterford today at 12 noon before burial in the adjoining St. Killian's Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Anne, daughters Joanne, Fiona and Rachel, son Kieran and wider family circle.

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