Wednesday 23 October 2019

Hundreds at removal of trucker found in pit

Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan
The removal of Bobbie Ryan in Cashel
The Ryan family at the removal of Bobbie Ryan in Cashel

David Raleigh

BOBBY Ryan went by the stage name 'Mr Moonlight' and delighted in entertaining revellers in the pubs and clubs around his home.

A floral tribute in the shape of a guitar was a touching reminder of Mr Ryan's love of the limelight as his body was removed last night ahead of his funeral.

Hundreds of people, including TD Michael Lowry and the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly Dermot Clifford, attended the service.

Mr Ryan worked as a truck driver at Killough Limestone Quarry, and was a popular part-time DJ from Cashel.

He vanished without trace on June 3, 2011, but his body was discovered almost two years later on April 30 in a slurry pit on farmland owned by his partner, Mary Lowry, at Fawnagown, outside Tipperary town.

Pat Quirke, a brother-in-law of Ms Lowry's late husband, had leased the land since her husband's death in 2007. He discovered the body and contacted gardai.

A man was arrested and questioned by detectives two weeks ago about a break-in at Ms Lowry's home. It's believed the prime suspect has yet to be questioned specifically about Mr Ryan's murder.

Mr Ryan will be laid to rest later today after 12 o'clock mass in St John the Baptist Church in Cashel.

Irish Independent

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