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Monday 1 September 2014

Murder of Dublin mum-of-two Rachel O'Reilly to be recounted in crime documentary

Denise Calnan

Published 24/05/2014 | 09:31

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Joe and Rachel O'Reilly
Rachel O'Reilly was beaten to death by her husband Joe
Joe O'Reilly

The story of the murder of Irish mum-of-two Rachel O’Reilly will be aired to a global audience this weekend.

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The killing of the 30-year-old Dublin mum, almost ten years ago, will be recounted in a British true crime documentary for the Crime and Investigation (CI) channel.

The documentary-makers have based their hour-long programme, which is part of CI’s ‘A Town and Country Murder’ series on Rachel’s mother Rose Callaly’s book.

They also travelled to Dublin recently to interview the late Rachel’s family.

Joe O’Reilly (41) was jailed in 2007 for life after he was convicted of the murder of his wife.

Rachel’s body was discovered by her mother Rose in her north county Dublin home.

In 2009, Rose wrote her book ‘Remembering Rachel’, in which she wrote about hearing her daughter’s voice from beyond the grave telling her Joe had murdered her.

Rachel’s father Jim said they have yet to see the programme.

“We were contacted by this channel a few months ago, which was a surprise, as we didn’t realise they focussed on cases in Ireland,” Jim told the Irish Daily Star.

“Two girls came over to Dublin for a week and asked if they could interview us about Rachel, which we were happy to do, and they seemed to be basing a lot of their documentary on Rose’s book.

“We gave them some photographs of Rachel growing up and spoke of our memories here,” he added.

‘A Town and Country Murder’ will air tomorrow night at 9pm on CI on Sky.

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