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Four days in May: a story of murder, madness and a nightmare that lives on

Twenty-six years ago, three brutal killings cast a dark shadow over the sunlit landscape of east Clare

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The location in Cregg Wood where the bodies of Imelda and Liam were found

The location in Cregg Wood where the bodies of Imelda and Liam were found

The location in Cregg Wood where the bodies of Imelda and Liam were found

The day remains imprinted in my mind through a series of stark images: the car burning as dawn broke over Lough Derg, the terrified face of the farmer whose daughter had been snatched from her bed and disappeared into the Clare hills, the helicopter hanging ominously over a dark wood.

We had been driving crazily for about two hours along remote roads on the Clare/Galway border when we saw the chopper hovering over Allandra Wood, near Woodford.

The adrenaline took over. Go for it, we shouted in agreement.