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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Christmas lights are dimmed as 'generous, kind' Rosie laid to rest

Rosie Hanrahan. Photo: Liam Burke / Press 22
Rosie Hanrahan. Photo: Liam Burke / Press 22

David Raleigh

The family of murdered pensioner Rosie Hanrahan yesterday begged for information which will lead to her killer's arrest as the "fun-loving, helpful, generous lady" was laid to rest.

The 78-year-old widow was buried beside her late husband Michael, eight days after family members discovered her body in her home at New Road, Thomondgate.

Gardai have not commented on reports that Rosie may have been tied up, beaten, and strangled by her killer during a burglary at her terraced home.

In their first direct appeal for information, Rosie's family called on those who have information about the murder to make it known to gardai.

Speaking at the funeral mass at St Munchin's Church, Rosie's niece Avril told mourners: "The gardai have told us how amazingly helpful and forthcoming people have been, however, they need more information.

"So, to anyone who may know something that might help - no matter how small - we beg you to please come forward."

She also told the hundreds of mourners gathered there how the family's "heartbreak" has "unified us all in the determination that those responsible for her senseless death will be brought to justice".

She described Rosie as "a positive person who lived life to the full".

"She was a person who always saw a silver lining even on the greyest day.

"We will miss you always Rosie, and we will always have you in our hearts."

Residents on New Road turned off their Christmas lights as the cortege carrying Rosie's coffin paused outside her home on its way to her final resting place at Ballycannon Cemetery, Meelick. Neighbours later held a prayer service outside her home.

Earlier, Fr Donal McNamara, PP, St Munchin's, said: "In this tight-knit community... many had even taken down their Christmas lights, or were simply not turning them on, as a mark of respect to the kind-hearted pensioner who had been brutally murdered in her own home, in their neighbourhood."

Rosie was murdered as she "relaxed in her home, preparing for Christmas", he added. "It was unfair, cruel, mind-boggling."

Fr McNamara said no words would "soften the blow or ease the pain" for Rosie's family.

"A trail of destruction has been left behind," he added.

Visibly shaken, Fr McNamara told mourners Rosie was "a gift"... "a fun-loving, helpful, generous lady".

Anyone with information can contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061-212400, or Mayorstone Garda Station on 061-456980, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

Sunday Independent

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