Monday 23 April 2018

Murder-suicide couple are laid to rest beside each other

THICK AND THIN: The funeral of Jim and Marie Quigley at St Joseph’s Church, Dundalk
THICK AND THIN: The funeral of Jim and Marie Quigley at St Joseph’s Church, Dundalk
Marie and Jim Quigley

Elaine Keogh

Mourners at the joint funeral of Jim and Marie Quigley were told that Mr Quigley had battled mental illness - but it was "one battle we could not win".

At the requiem Mass in Dundalk, the couple's son-in-law, Jeff Ahern, said they had been "a wonderful couple and wonderful parents who loved each other dearly" and had "stood by each other through thick and thin".

Around a thousand mourners gathered for the Mass at St Joseph's Redemptorist Church to pay their respects to the couple, who died within hours of each other last Monday.

Mrs Quigley, 69, was found murdered at the family home in Kilkerley, near Hackballscross, while Mr Quigley, 69, died after his car went into the path of an oncoming lorry on the M1 motorway.

Gardai say they are investigating "all aspects" surrounding their deaths. It is believed to be a murder-suicide case.

Mourners were told that the Mass was a celebration of all that was "good and wholesome" in their lives.

The main celebrant, Fr Tommy Hogan, a family friend who is chaplain at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, said that he had never experienced such unconditional love as that expressed by the Quigley family towards Jim.

He said Mr Quigley had a cross in life and had described it to him as being like "a big dark cloud".

In a conversation a number of years ago, Mr Quigley told the priest that when he would come out of the dark cloud: "It was like after being drunk; you remember little bits and people tell you more and you remember them."

The couple's son-in-law, Jeff Ahern, spoke and described how the couple had supported each other throughout their marriage.

They were buried together in St Patrick's Cemetery, Dundalk, beside their son Aidan, who died at a young age.

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