Tuesday 28 February 2017

100 defining moments: The crimes that rocked the country

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Shergar, possibly the most valuable race horse in history, was stolen from Ballymany Stud in Kildare by the IRA in February 1983 and never seen again
Shergar, possibly the most valuable race horse in history, was stolen from Ballymany Stud in Kildare by the IRA in February 1983 and never seen again
Malcolm MacArthur bludgeoned to death nurse Bridie Gargan (27) as she sunbathed in the Phoenix Park on July 22, 1982 and three days later shot dead farmer Donal Dunne in Co Offaly.
Kidnapped supermarket executive Don Tidey
'Scissor Sisters' Charlotte and Linda Mulhall were convicted of the killing and dismemberment of Farah Noor in Ballybough, Dublin on March 20, 2005

The last person to be hanged in the State was Michael Manning (25) a labourer for the murder of 65-year-old nurse Catherine Cooper in Limerick in February 1953.

Ireland was gripped by the gruesome murder of shop worker Hazel Mullan, just 15, who was strangled, dismembered and her body parts boiled in a cistern by South African medical student, Shan Mohangi, then 22, at his flat in Dublin's Harcourt Street on August 17, 1963.

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Malcolm MacArthur bludgeoned to death nurse Bridie Gargan (27) as she sunbathed in the Phoenix Park on July 22, 1982 and three days later shot dead farmer Donal Dunne in Co Offaly. MacArthur was arrested at the home of then Attorney General, Patrick Connolly in Dalkey, Co Dublin. The incident was described by then Taoiseach CHarles Haughey as "grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented" - the origins of the phrase 'GUBU'.

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Shergar, possibly the most valuable race horse in history, was stolen from Ballymany Stud in Kildare by the IRA in February 1983 and never seen again. It is believed the gang shot the horse and secretly buried the remains which have never been found.

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Private Patrick Kelly and trainee Garda Gary Sheehan were murdered by the IRA as they took part in the search for kidnapped supermarket executive Don Tidey, in Leitrim in December 1983.

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Journalist Veronica Guerin was shot dead by a member of the gang led by drug trafficker John Gilligan as her car stopped at traffic lights at Newlands Cross, Dublin on June 26, 1996.

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No one has ever been charged with the murder of Raonaid Murray the 17-year-old student stabbed to death near her home in Glenageary, south Dublin on September 4, 1999.

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'Scissor Sisters' Charlotte and Linda Mulhall were convicted of the killing and dismemberment of Farah Noor in Ballybough, Dublin on March 20, 2005. Their mother, Kathleen, was given five years jail for concealing the crime.

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The architect Graham Dwyer was convicted of murdering and concealing the body of his victim Elaine O'Hara in the Dublin Mountains in August 2012. Some evidence in this case were so gruesome reporting restrictions were imposed.

Sunday Independent

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