Wednesday 23 October 2019

Love rival trial: Quirke's slur against Mary Lowry

Mary Lowry outside court. Photo: Collins Courts
Mary Lowry outside court. Photo: Collins Courts
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A brother of Mary Lowry has told the Tipperary murder trial the accused, Patrick Quirke, had called his sister "a right bitch" and said she gave neither him nor his wife Imelda support after the tragic death of their young son.

Eddie Quigley told the Central Criminal Court that the accused had warned him he would personally remove Ms Lowry from the church if she attended the month's mind Mass of his son Alan, who died aged 11.

Farmer Patrick Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan (52), a part-time DJ known as 'Mr Moonlight', on a date between June 3, 2011 and April 2013.

Mr Ryan had been in a relationship with Mary Lowry at the time of his disappearance.

The trial has previously heard evidence that Ms Lowry had an affair with Mr Quirke after the death of her husband from illness, and prior to her relationship with the deceased.

Under cross-examination yesterday, Mr Quigley agreed he had twice approached his sister and asked her if she was having an affair with Mr Quirke. She had denied it to him and had become "cross", he said. Asked when she had told him, Mr Quigley said it was "a good while later".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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