A MAN charged with the murder of his estranged wife appeared in court as a wake was being held for the mother of four.
Oliver Kierans (56), of Drumbannon, Bailieborough, Co Cavan, was taken the short distance from Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon to Harristown District Court for the brief hearing yesterday.
At the same time the body of his wife of more than 30 years was being waked in the house where she had been discovered by gardai.
Mr Kierans, of The Willows, The Gallops, Cavan town, is charged with the murder Patricia Kierans (54) at Drumbannon, Bailieborough on September 5.
He is also charged with possession of a shotgun at the Square Bar, Bailieborough, on the same date. Superintendent Jim Ryan told Judge Geoffrey Browne that he was applying to have the accused man remanded in custody for a further two weeks as the allegation was of murder.
Wearing a red jacket over a grey, open-neck shirt, Mr Kierans stood in silence in the cordoned-off area reserved for remand prisoners, listening to the proceedings.
There were angry exchanges at his first court appearance in Cavan last week.
That hearing was told he had been arrested at 3.20am on September 6 at Thomas Street, Bailieborough, on suspicion of murder.
Yesterday's court hearing passed off without incident and Judge Browne remanded Mr Kierans in continuing custody to appear again at Harristown District Court on September 27.
The funeral Mass of Mrs Kierans – who is originally from west Belfast – takes place this morning at 9am at St Anne's Church, Bailieborough, with burial afterwards in St Anne's Cemetery.