March 28, 2020
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UPDATE: Kilkenny man found dead in London was All-Ireland dance champion

By COLIN BARTLEY

THE tragic Kilkenny man whose death has sparked a murder inquiry in the UK was a seven times All-Ireland dance champion and an internationally renowned choreographer and producer.

Today it was confirmed that a 17-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man have been arrested in London on suspicion of murdering Adrian Murphy.

The body of Mr Murphy (43), originally from the Maudlin Street area of Kilkenny city, was discovered at a block of flats on Lombard Road, Battersea on Tuesday, June 4th.

The Metropolitan police in London today confirmed the residence where Mr Murphy was found was ransacked and property was stolen.

Police in the UK arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of murder and theft on Wednesday. On the same day a 17-year-old girl was also arrested on suspicion of murder and theft and has since been released under investigation

A post-mortem examination carried out at St George’s Hospital on Thursday, June 6, could not determine the cause of the talented dancer’s death.

Mr Murphy, a seven-time All-Ireland dance champion, went on to produce and choreograph international shows such as Celtic Dance Force, Feet of Fire and FireDance – The show.

He also founded Adrian Murphy’s Academy of Dance, which had seven schools across Australia and New Zealand.

The talented Kilkenny dancer made regular appearances on TV in Australia while he lived there. He has also appeared on programmes in the UK and US.

In 1999, Adrian created the Modern Irish Dance Education Syllabus, with the aim of presenting Irish dancing to a global audience in a modern performing style.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it is in contact with UK authorities in relation to the case.

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