When trucker Bobby Ryan, vanished after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry's home on a bright June morning in 2011, all who knew him were mystified. Using the name Mr Moonlight, Ryan was also a part-time DJ and popular all over Tipperary. And as far as his family and friends were concerned something terrible must have happened. But they had no inkling of what that could be. Nearly two years later, Mary Lowry's brother-in-law Patrick Quirke found Ryan's body in a slurry tank on Lowry's farm, which he had been leasing. The gardai were immediately suspicious of Quirke and embarked on an investigation that would reveal a tortured affair between him and Mary Lowry. They uncovered a level of sexual jealousy and desire for control over Lowry, and over her land, that would lead to Quirke killing his rival. Following the longest murder trial in the history of the State, Quirke was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The Murder of Mr Moonlight is a fascinating account of the fated love triangle. Catherine Fegan of the Irish Daily Mail attended the full trial and has done extensive additional research in Tipperary. Her book is full of extraordinary revelations and insights into the story that gripped the nation.
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Date of Publication: 31/10/2019