'This pain is on us -- maybe for the rest of our lives'
THEY found her in a shallow grave, beneath a pile of rocks, wood chippings and an old barrel in an isolated forest.
Yesterday, Anne Corcoran's family told how the much-loved sister and aunt had lived for music and her three pet dogs, Roy, Trudy and Clive. Ultimately, it was their plight, locked inside her Bandon home, that triggered the week-long search for her.
Yesterday, the extended Corcoran-O'Mahony family tried to explain how being forced to say goodbye to their beloved aunt and sister via a closed coffin had devastated their lives.
"A closed coffin is no way to say goodbye to a loved one," her nephew Kevin Kelly said.
"Having to explain the word 'murder' to our children was a terrible task. Ourselves and our children are still experiencing nightmares. There are times when the children don't want to sleep on their own.
"We also feel we were deprived of the opportunity to say a face-to-face goodbye to Anne due to the manner of her murder and subsequent disposal of her body," he said.
Anne's niece, Maureen O'Leary, speaking outside the court, welcomed the life sentence handed down to Oliver Hayes (50).
"We have got justice for Anne and we want to thank the vast amount of people who came out and helped search for Anne in horrific conditions," she said.
Anne's brother, Timothy O'Mahony, told how the murder haunted the family.
"This pain is on us for now, on us for another while -- maybe for the rest of our lives," he said.
Anne's brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Denis and Theresa Corcoran, said her death was still mourned by the family every single day.
"She (Anne) got an awful death but I hope to God, wherever she is, that she is happy," said Theresa.