Magician Keith Barry -- I'm still angry over death of my grandfather

Keith Barry and his late grandfather (left)

MAGICIAN Keith Barry has revealed how Christmas is a tough time for his family, as no one has been held accountable for his grandfather's death.

Paddy Barry (82) passed away in September 2009, five days after being attacked by intruders in his Waterford home.

Hopes were raised earlier this year, when gardai investigated fresh leads after the aggravated burglary was re-enacted on Crimecall. However, it came to nothing.

"Dropping in to see my grandfather was part of my Christmas.

"I get so angry that no one has been charged," Keith told the Herald.

"He was just sitting at home in his house watching TV when these thugs broke in. Five days later he was dead."

The 37-year-old praised the efforts of gardai, but said he hadn't heard anything since a new file was submitted to the DPP last year, based on a coroner's report.

"Unless the gardai get new information, nothing can happen," he said.

"Maybe in 2013, things might have changed for those who didn't come forward before. "Time does heal but I do get upset this time of the year.

"I will never stop trying to get the people who did this caught."

Keith admits that to get over the tragedy he threw himself into work and more elaborate shows.

This includes his new magic series for TV3 Keith Barry: Brain Hacker, which begins in January. Filmed at home in TV3's state of the art Sony HD studio, the show is not for the faint-hearted.

It features Keith playing Russian roulette with revolvers and potentially jumping onto spikes laced with the venom of deadly vipers.

"If I got poisoned, the anti-venom I needed was in Liverpool, I would have been a dead man," he said.

Opting not to have his usual supporting cast of celebrities, the series will instead feature some of the biggest names in magic.

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