Thursday 23 November 2017

House of horror keeps its secrets in quiet seclusion

Denise Clarke

THE family home where Brian McGrath met his gruesome end is hard to see from the public road.

A white bungalow with a lengthy and overgrown garden, it is obscured from view by dense trees, weeds and heavy vegetation.

Adding further to the eerie seclusion of the property is its location down a narrow, potholed boreen.

It is just the sort of place one could imagine a body remaining undiscovered for years.

The house is a half mile from the village of Coole, Co Westmeath, in a townland known as Lower Coole.

Despite all that happened at the property, Mr McGrath's daughter Veronica continues to live there with some of her children. Toys can be seen strewn across the gravel outside.

The garden was painstakingly dug up by gardai searching for Mr McGrath's remains in 1993, six years after he disappeared.

The half bucket of bones that was found would not be interred for a further five years after that, at Whitehall Cemetery in Castlepollard.

Today his grave, a mound of dirt full of overgrown weeds, remains unmarked, beside a wall on the edge of the cemetery.

A wooden cross which was erected on the mound has fallen over into the mud and lies untouched.

It does not bear any name, but everyone knows whose grave it is.

Irish Independent

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