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Michelle Ryan daughter of murder victim Bobby Ryan 

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Michelle Ryan daughter of murder victim Bobby Ryan Pictured together REPRO free as supplied by the family

Michelle Ryan daughter of murder victim Bobby Ryan Pictured together REPRO free as supplied by the family

The daughter of a man who was murdered and left in a farm pit for almost two years said she is praying for justice for her father as he was finally given the dignity of a proper burial.

In an emotional address to mourners at the funeral of Bobby Ryan, his heartbroken daughter Michelle said she would not say goodbye and promised her dad she would "see you later". But she also said that God had not taken her father and she prayed the family would get the justice.

Almost two years since he went missing near Bansha in Co Tipperary, grandfather Bobby Ryan (52) was laid to rest in his native Cashel after funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, yards from the house where he grew up.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the violent death and are treating the case as a murder inquiry.

Speaking to mourners at the end of yesterday's ceremony, Michelle said a cloud had been hanging over the family since June 3, 2011, when the popular truck driver and DJ went missing. But a chink of light later emerged and the family could give him a funeral and bury him among his own people, she said.

The murder inquiry will feature on tonight's 'Crimecall' on RTE, with a reconstruction of Bobby's last movements and an interview with Michelle.

Previously, Michelle told 'Crimecall' that her father "loved life, he loved his job of getting up every morning and driving trucks and having the laugh with the lads".

He also loved DJ-ing and would always be messing.

She said she found her father's van on the day he went missing, close to Bansha Woods.

"I knew immediately that there was something drastically wrong."

Fr Bernie Moloney told mourners that Bobby's family and friends had known "the bitter taste of lamentation".

He added: "Bobby had music in his heart and soul . . . Mr Moonlight touched the hearts of many."

Irish Independent