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Pain of sister's murder recalled in new book

EMOTIONAL ANGELA APPEARS ON LATE LATE SHOW

MARY FOGARTY

Published 23/10/2012 | 14:49

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AUTHOR ANGELA Doyle-Stuart has written of the pain of losing her sister to murder, in her book 'Loving Lisa: Stolen Life, Stolen Dreams.'

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Lisa Doyle was killed three years ago in Leighlinbridge. Her fiancée Ger O'Hara strangled her as she slept.

Angela appeared on last week's Late Late Show to talk about the horror at discovering what had happened, the happy memories of her sister, and how motherhood has helped her recover.

'Lisa was full of life, adventurous, kind and hilarious,' said Angela. ' Whenever you were around her you couldn't stop laughing, she'd have you in great form.'

The sisters shared a special bond. 'She was a wonderful sister to me. I always felt calm in her presence. I always felt that when I was with Lisa I had a sense of peace.'

However, Angela never quite took to Ger. He was unfriendly and quiet, and Angela felt that he resented the friendship she and Lisa shared.

He told gardaí after the murder that he did not know why he had the urge to hurt people. He wrote a letter of confession saying that Lisa did not deserve what he had done to her.

'I have put him to a place in my mind that I will never go to,' said Angela. 'I'm a mother, my son needs a mother that is happy and strong and not affected by all that darkness.'

Angela's book was launched last Wednesday in Kilkenny.

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