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Gardai praised for helping 'terrified' Corcoran family overcome brutal home invasion

David Kearns

Published 05/10/2015 | 16:33

Emma and Mark Corcoran, who were threatened by the gang in front of their three small children
Emma and Mark Corcoran, who were threatened by the gang in front of their three small children

The grandmother of a family left traumatised after a brutal home invasion has praised Gardaí for their handling of the case, which last week saw the seven intruders jailed for more than 90 years in total.

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Cathleen Corcoran called local Gardaí “absolutely brilliant”, and said she could not thank them enough for the support they had offered to her son and his family after the terrifying raid on their home.

“The Garda were absolutely brilliant in helping Mark and Emma through the ordeal they suffered,” she told RTÉ’s Liveline.

“They did so much to help the family afterwards, and they could not have acted quicker in catching those involved.

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“I must give them that – within 50 minutes they had five of them that night and the next day they had the other two caught. They were brilliant.”

The terrifying ordeal for the Corcoran family began when a gang of seven from Dublin forced their way into their rural house outside Killenaule in Country Tipperary armed with a sawn-off shotgun, pistol and machete back in November 2013.

The Dublin gang had 315 previous convictions between them.

Just one member of the gang had no previous convictions.

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Seven members of the gang that subjected the Corcoran family to a terrifying ordeal in their rural home
Seven members of the gang that subjected the Corcoran family to a terrifying ordeal in their rural home

Mr Corcoran suffered a fractured eye socket after he was struck with the butt of the fire-arm, and later had to have four separate surgeries to reconstruct his face.

Last week, a court heard the “terrified screams” of the Corcorans’ three young daughters, aged eight, six and two at the time of the burglary, when a 999 call made by their mother Emma Corcoran was replayed.

Ms Corcoran told Liveline that the family’s children had been forced to gone through counselling but that they were “recovering well”.

“Still,  when they hear a noise at night, they’re terrified – they wouldn’t sleep, they think the bad men are coming back to get them,” she added.

Ms Corcoran said the reaction of the local community had done a lot to help her family get through the initial days following the appalling raid.

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“The people of Killenaule, and even total strangers, were great,” she said.

“A lot of people went into the local Centra store back in November 2013 to get them stuff; the delivery  truck men went in and had hampers made up for the family.

There were flowers sent to them, everyone everything did for them was absolutely brilliant.”

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Last week, Chief Supt Catherine Kehoe, who has charge of the Tipperary Garda division, paid tribute to the Corcorans “for their courage and bravery throughout their ordeal” and wished them the best for the future.”

The seven men - who are part of a criminal outfit based in Coolock, North Dublin - were sentenced at Clonmel Circuit Court to 93 years in total for their terrifying raid.

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