Notorious criminals come face to face at inquest

Simon Brouder

TWO former Tralee bouncers, whose notorious crimes shocked the entire nation, have appeared at an inquest into the killing of homeless man Eddie Joe Clancy who was beaten to death in an horrific assault in the town in 2006.

At the coroner's court, Eddie Joe Clancy's killer Brendan O'Connor came face to face with his victim's family.

His appearance came just minutes after the family heard a shocking account of the fatal attack on Mr Clancy from key witness and convicted sex offender Robert Quigley.

In March 2009 Brendan O'Connor of Monalee House, Monavalley, Tralee was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Eddie Joe Clancy at Bridge Street, Tralee, on August 15 2006.

The inquest heard that following a row between the two men Brendan O'Connor, who was working nearby as a bouncer at Minstrels Bar, followed Eddie Joe Clancy, knocked him to the ground and repeatedly kicked, stamped and then jumped on his head leaving him lying in a pool of blood with a severely fractured skull.

During the inquest, Mr O'Connor was led into the courtroom in handcuffs. Asked if he had anything to say, he replied "no".

The main evidence about the attack came from witness Robert Quigley who had been working as a bouncer at The Abbey Inn.

Robert Quigley was released from prison earlier this year having served six years in jail for attacks on two young women.

In October 2007 Quigley of Seskin View Road Tallaght was jailed for eight years after he admitted abducting, beating and sexually assaulting a 22-year-old student in the Dublin mountains in November 2006. The young woman was abducted after she got into his car, believing it was a taxi, outside Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin.

In November 2007 Quigley received a further six year sentence for attacking his then girlfriend at Dooneen Woods near Castleisland in August 2006.


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