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Sunday 20 October 2019

DJ's children hail 'justice for daddy' after 8-year ordeal

Bobby Ryan's children Robert Jnr and Michelle outside court
Bobby Ryan's children Robert Jnr and Michelle outside court

The children of Bobby Ryan have told how they finally "got justice for daddy" after an almost eight-year ordeal.

After Patrick Quirke was found guilty of murdering the part-time DJ, Michelle and her brother Robert emerged from the court, where they held a photo of their father and addressed the media.

"We got justice for daddy today. It will never bring him back but we hope that he is at rest," said Michelle as she hugged her brother.

"We would like to thank Mr [Michael] Bowman and his prosecution team and also Superintendent Patrick O'Callaghan and the team in Tipperary for working tirelessly on this case.

"We would also like to thank the members of the public for all their continued support and kind words they have given us throughout this ordeal.

Emotional

"We would also like to thank, most importantly, all of our family and friends who have stood by us the whole time every step of the way.

"We also ask at this time that the media respect our privacy and let this sink in."

Michelle also delivered an emotional victim impact statement shortly after Quirke was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court.

"On June 3, 2011, our lives and world as we knew it was torn apart," she said.

"I can't find the words to describe how it feels emotionally. It is a torment that is constantly with us, a black hole that is with us every day.

"The mental anguish wondering every day was daddy calling out for help, was he calling our names for help?

"We close our eyes every night and picture daddy with fear in his eyes. We wake up every night with the nightmares."

Michelle said her family would never come to terms with Mr Ryan's brutal murder.

"God didn't decide to take daddy from us and knowing how his life was taken and where he was found rips us apart every day," she added.

"We are completely destroyed beyond repair because of the trauma of how our father was brutally taken away from us. We don't have a life to live anymore, just an existence for us to drag ourselves through every day."

Michelle also told how Mr Ryan was a grandfather whose grandchildren love him dearly.

"The ones who do remember him struggle every day to try to come to terms how grandad Bob was here one minute and gone the next, and the other little ones just have a picture of him that they carry every day.

"They laugh and smile remembering grandad Bob and the little ones wondering what kind of grandad he was, and our torment growing bigger knowing some day we will have to sit them down and try to explain how grandad Bob was taken away from us and visioning the light burn out in their eyes and hearts as well."

Michelle finished the statement by expressing hope that her father had found peace.

"We will never be doubtful of just how much daddy loves us. I can't put into words how much we love him," she said.

"We will live through this heartache for the rest of our lives. While we hope that daddy will now rest in peace, it's a peace that we will never know until we meet him again."

Missed

She added: "Daddy, I described you as 'wow' when I was asked because that's what you are, such a wonderful caring father and grandfather.

"We will carry you in our hearts every day in everything we do for the rest of our lives.

"So until we meet again, Moonlight, just know how much you are loved and sorely missed by us every day.

"So spread your beautiful wings and fly high with the angels. You are gone but will never be forgotten."

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