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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Couple to be laid to rest side by side following joint funeral Mass

Marie Quigley
Marie Quigley

Adam Cullen, Robin Schiller and Elaine Keogh

Tragic husband and wife Marie and James Quigley are to be laid to rest side by side.

The couple will share a joint funeral ceremony in the sleepy Co Louth village of Kilkerley later this week.

Last night a close family friend said it is "what Marie would have wanted".

"They were always together, you rarely saw them apart.

"Regardless of the horrible situation of how they died they would have wanted to be together. May they both rest in peace," she said.

Last night the couple's family issued a statement in which they asked to be left to grieve in private.

A spokesperson for the family said: "We the Quigley and Beagan family would like to ask for privacy at this trying time.

"We would ask all media outlets to respect our privacy and let us grieve our parents.

"We would like to thank our extended family and friends for their continued thoughts and prayers."

The Quigleys' home, 'San Aidene', was named after the Quigleys' young son who died in a tragic drowning incident more than 20 years ago.

The street "has never had as much as a break-in", according to a resident of 89 years.

That all changed on Monday afternoon as the tranquil area was the scene of an utterly horrific crime, with one source summing up the scene in pure shock: "I've never seen anything like that".

James 'Jim' Quigley is believed to have beaten his wife to death with a hammer before losing his own life by driving head on into oncoming traffic on the M1.

The house, a large red-brick property just a few miles from the busy motorway where Jim Quigley met his death, was still sealed off yesterday as specialist officers dressed in forensic overalls examined the scene.

Meanwhile, uniformed officers knocked on doors of nearby houses and made enquiries.

Neighbours struggled to comprehend how a "quiet, lovely and unique couple" could encounter such a tragic and violent fate.

"They were loyal to one another. I'm still trying to come to terms with what happened," said Alice Lynch, who lives just yards away from where the killing of Marie Quigley took place . . . They kept to themselves but were very friendly," she added.

"You wouldn't imagine a place like Hackballscross ever being associated with such an awful incident," said another neighbour.

Irish Independent

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