Thursday 27 July 2017

Shane's tribute 'army' is on the move

Barry Duggan

THE family of murdered Shane Geoghegan have appealed for temporary homes for a memorial display made from more than 20,000 clay figurines.

Margaret Walsh, an aunt of the Garryowen rugby player, asked for assistance in housing parts of the exhibition as she dismantled it at City Hall in Limerick yesterday.

The Geoghegan family are not making any comment on the case after Barry Doyle (26) was found guilty of Shane's murder earlier this week.

Prosecutor Tom O'Connell said the family would not be giving a victim impact statement as the crime spoke for itself.

But, for the last four months, more than 20,000 clay figurines have been on display at Limerick City Hall.

The inspiration for the 90ft display came from the Terracotta Army, which was found in China in 1974 and consists of thousands of large clay figures dating from the 3rd Century BC.

Ms Walsh said the display was to provide a fitting tribute for her nephew and for all innocent victims of violence.

"We don't want to put these magnificent pieces into storage. March is Shane's birthday and it is civic week. What a fitting and authentic window display the people of Limerick could have if they took a few boards and display it on civic week for everyone," she said.

She said if businesses put pieces on display, it would show solidarity with the Geoghegan family and a display of opposition against violence.

"He (Shane) has been part of a catalyst and this is a symbol of people standing up, they have had enough (of violence) and don't want to take it anymore," Ms Walsh said.

Several businesses in Limerick have offered their premises to display parts of the clay army.

Irish Independent

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