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Conviction 'can bring family some closure'

David Raleigh and Mark O'Regan

Published 16/02/2012 | 05:00

Victim Shane Geoghegan
Victim Shane Geoghegan
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Shane Geoghegan's killer, Barry Doyle
Garda Supt John Scanlan

The father of murder victim Roy Collins yesterday said he was happy that the family of Shane Geoghegan now had some form of closure with the conviction of Barry Doyle for his killing.

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Stephen Collins said yesterday's conviction brought back chilling memories for both himself and his family. His son was the victim of a Limerick gangland killing in 2009.

"We're just happy that Shane's family have some sort of closure. We know what they're going through and we know it's not going to solve anything, but it does help when you know the perpetrator has been put away," Mr Collins said

"It will never bring closure because you know other people are involved but the conviction does help. It helps the grieving process somewhat. At least they can look at the face of evil and say that's what took our loved one away."

Stephen says his family remain under 24-hour police protection and live in constant fear of reprisals.

"Life is miserable; it will never be the same again. We have no life; you can't have a sense of normality when you're in our situation. We're being followed 24 hours with garda security. It's not easy,'' he added.

Mayor of Limerick Jim Long said: "I hope that this conviction will bring some closure to the Geoghegan family who have suffered tremendous pain and heartache over the last three-and-a-half years since Shane's tragic death."

Mr Long said Shane Geoghegan had been "a great team leader who took immense pride at being captain of the thirds team at his beloved rugby club, Garryowen".

He said the citizens of Limerick had "stood shoulder to shoulder" with the Geoghegan family by warmly supporting the many events organised by the Shane Geoghegan Trust.

The trust was set up following the rugby player's killing to provide opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to embark on a positive future through sporting initiatives.

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