By LIZ GRIFFITHS
The funeral of Irish tourist Paul Houston, who was found beaten to death in Alvor nearly two weeks ago, took place on Monday.
Thousands of mourners gathered together at St Mary’s Church, Greencastle in Co Donegal to mourn the loss of the well-known businessman from Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Paul Houston was on a golfing trip with his wife Celine and friends Philip and Marian Devlin when he was found dead on a pedestrian walkway at the waterside of Alvor estuary in the early hours of September 6.
Greencastle Parish Priest, Fr Paddy O’Kane, who led the service, told the mourners that he had met 51-year-old Paul, who was president of Greencastle Golf Club, before he was about to go on holiday and was looking forward to playing golf as the wet summer had been preventing him from playing his favourite sport.
The father of four died of a brain haemorrhage following the attack during a suspected robbery after he made his way home to his hotel to join his wife and friends after enjoying a night out in a karaoke bar.
Police are said to be closing in on the murder suspects as they are said to be in possession of evidence that could lead to the identification of the two men who, according to eye witnesses, spoke with a Brazilian accent.
No arrests have yet been made but police are continuing with their investigation into the murder.