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Pray for justice for Daddy - daughter

SOMEBODY "playing God" took the life of truck driver Bobby Ryan, his daughter has said.

Mourners at the funeral of the popular grandfather, whose body lay undiscovered in a slurry pit for two years, prayed for justice as he was finally given the dignity of a proper burial.

Gardai in Bansha, Co Tipperary, are continuing to investigate the violent death, and are now three weeks into a murder inquiry.

During a heart-wrenching address to mourners at his funeral in the Church of St John the Baptist in Cashel, Bobby's daughter Michelle said a cloud had been hanging over the family since June 3, 2011, when the truck driver and DJ – known as Mr Moonlight – went missing.

 

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They could finally give him a funeral and bury him in the cemetery among his own people.

"He has given the last two years on his own and now, finally, he's back where he belongs," Michelle said. Supported by her brother Robert, Michelle added: "God didn't take Daddy from us. Someone else playing God did that and we're asking God today to give us some... justice that Daddy deserves."

 

Chief celebrant Father Bernie Moloney reflected on Bobby's life as a family man, friend and entertainer.

"Bobby had music in his heart and soul... Mr Moonlight touched the hearts of many, set the lips laughing and the feet dancing."

The murder inquiry will feature on tonight's episode of Crimecall on RTE television, when gardai will appeal to the public for information and stage a reconstruction of Bobby's last movements.

During an earlier interview with Crimecall, Michelle spoke about finding her father's van close to Bansha Woods on the day he went missing.

"I knew immediately that there was something drastically wrong," she said.

hnews@herald.ie


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