Thursday 21 June 2018

'She wasn’t alive when he died but she knows all about him' - daughter's communion kiss for murdered dad

Geoffrey (Jeffrey Hannan) Hannon RIP who body was found in the southill area
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

This is the heartbreaking moment a young girl visited her murdered father’s grave on her communion day.

Tianna Hannan wasn’t born when dad Jeffrey was beaten to death with an axe in an unprovoked attack near his home in O’Malley Park, Limerick.

Jeffrey, who had no involvement in crime, was just 19 years old at the time.

Last week his daughter Tianna made her First Holy Communion in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ballinacurra Weston and afterwards there was only one place she wanted to go.

Tianna Hannan at her father Jeffrey's grave on her Communion day. Picture courtesy of family
Tianna Hannan at her father Jeffrey's grave on her Communion day. Picture courtesy of family

Grandfather Alan Hannan explained: “It was a very sad day without Jeffrey.

“Tianna wanted to go up to his grave and give him her flowers.

“She wasn’t alive when he was murdered but she knows all about him. Her sister Nikita talks about him all the time.

"There's not a day goes by that they don't discuss him."

Gardaí have arrested more than 20 people, but no one has been charged in relation to his death on November 22, 2007.

Jeffrey was beaten with an axe and left to die just yards from his parents' home after earlier attending a bonfire.

Jeffrey Hannan, who was murdered in the Southill area of Limerick, with his baby daughter Nikitta
Jeffrey Hannan, who was murdered in the Southill area of Limerick, with his baby daughter Nikitta

He had no involvement in crime or gangs.

Jeffrey's devastated father, Alan has waged an eight and a half year campaign for justice, despite being subjected to a campaign of intimidation.

Speaking to Independent.ie Alan said he has not given up hope of getting justice for his murdered son.

“I won’t stop fighting until the people that did this to Jeffrey are behind bars. I know that the gardaí are serious about that as well.”

He explained that Jeffrey’s two daughters are also determined to see the murderers brought before the courts.

Nikita, who has made a pillow from her father’s favourite sweater, previously addressed the killers.

Alan Hannan with his granddaughters Tianna and Nikita and wife Geraldine on Tianna's Communion day. Picture courtesy of family
Alan Hannan with his granddaughters Tianna and Nikita and wife Geraldine on Tianna's Communion day. Picture courtesy of family

The brave nine-year-old said: "Step forward and tell [gardaí] what you have done."

"I want justice for my daddy," she added.

Nikita, who celebrated her First Holy Communion last year, said: "I didn't want to make my Communion without my dad. It was a heartbreaking day. I really, really miss him.

"It's just heartbreaking that you have no dad, and people talk about your dad and they pass you and they just keep their head down and stare at you."

She continued: "We are trying to get justice for eight years. No one can sleep and we can't stop praying," she said.

"There's other people out there that got killed before my daddy, and they got justice, and it's not fair that we have not got justice for eight years."

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