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A small town tale of jealousy, treachery and murder that held a nation spellbound

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Pat Quirke with wife Imelda at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Pat Quirke with wife Imelda at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Mary Lowry, at court when she gave evidence in the trial of Patrick Quirke: Photo: Collins Courts

Mary Lowry, at court when she gave evidence in the trial of Patrick Quirke: Photo: Collins Courts

Michelle and Bobby Ryan Jnr holding a picture of their father victim Bobby 'Mr Moonlight' Ryan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Michelle and Bobby Ryan Jnr holding a picture of their father victim Bobby 'Mr Moonlight' Ryan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Pat Quirke with wife Imelda at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Mr Moonlight trial, a nod to the stage name of Bobby Ryan, the much-loved Cashel DJ found murdered at the bottom of a farm run-off tank in 2013, was one of the longest- running criminal trials in the history of the State. As a murderous tale of jealousy, treachery and brutality unspooled in a stuffy courtroom, the nation was transfixed.

Bobby had been dating Mary Lowry, the widowed sister-in-law of Patrick Quirke’s wife, when he mysteriously went missing on the morning of June 3, 2011, having spent the previous night with Mary on her farm in Fawnagowan.


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