A farmer, named as Mr Pat Quirke, aged 49, with an address at Breanshamore, Tipperary, has appeared in court at the Excel Centre in Tipperary town, charged with the murder of lorry driver and part-time Disc Jockey Mr Bobby Ryan, aged 52, in or about June 3rd 2011, at an unknown location.
The murdered, separated father of two resided in Boherlahan, near Cashel in South Tipperary and had been reported missing by his family after he failed to appear at his place of work at Killough Quarry, Tipperary. His abandoned Citroen van had been later identified in a woodland area of Bansha; located by his daughter Michelle. Mr Ryan’s body was found in a concealed slurry tank, 22 months later, on April 30th 2013, following his disappearance.
The accused Mr Quirke was arrested yesterday (Tuesday March 21st, 2017) at 5.10pm in Grangemore, Tipperary, before being brought to Tipperary garda station, where he was later charged at 6.30pm.
This morning the accused was presented to a sitting of Tipperary district court accused of Mr Bobby Ryan’s murder. Detective Inspector Patrick O’Callaghan informed the court that when replying to the murder charge, Mr Quirke acknowledged he understood the contents of the charge, but stated he didn’t agree with the charge.
Acting in defence of the accused, Solicitor M/s Aoife Corridan stated she would be making an application for bail later to the High Court. Judge M/s Marie Keane remanded Mr Quirke be held in custody to appear at Thurles district court on Tuesday next, March 28th, 2017.
Members of the late Mr Bobby Ryan’s family were in attendance at court for the hearing.