Remembering Veronica: Terror of the night I was shot
As part of a series of articles - 'Remembering Veronica' - to commemorate the anniversary of her death 20 years ago this month, the brave journalist recalls the night of January 30, 1995, when she answered the door of her home to face a masked gunman
My usual Monday night is a diet of soaps, soccer and Questions and Answers. Last week, reluctantly, I accepted two invitations which meant an unwelcome change in my relaxing routine.
I agreed to appear on the Gerry Ryan Tonight show to discuss crime and the underworld after which was the even more daunting task of facing the Sunday Independent Christmas Party. Yes, Christmas party. That evening my schedule was going around in my mind as I drove to a 5.50pm appointment at Dublin Airport. Just as I arrived there my mobile rang and the meeting was off.
Cursing the cancellation I decided to head to the funeral in Killester of family friend Tom Stafford.