A man in his 60s has appeared before Galway District Court charged with the murder of 38-year-old Christopher McGrath in Mervue last year.

Noel Lenihan, with an address at Cardinal Cushing Road in Mervue, was arrested at his home this morning.

He was taken to Galway Garda Station where he was charged with the murder of Christopher McGrath.

Mr McGrath was originally from Ros Muc and was well known in athletic circles.

He had been a member of Galway City Harriers and won many titles at juvenile and senior level.

Christopher McGrath was well known in athletic circles

The alleged incident took place at the home of the accused in the early hours of 12 March 2017

Judge Mary Fahy granted the accused free legal aid on hearing he was an old age pensioner.

She said that, due to the seriousness of the charge, bail could not be granted in the district court.

Judge Fahy remanded Mr Lenihan in custody to appear by video link from Castlerea Prison next Monday at Galway District Court.