Monday 20 January 2020

Imelda standing by murderer Quirke in visits to Portlaoise

Murderer Patrick Quirke. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Murderer Patrick Quirke. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Murderer Patrick Quirke's wife is standing by him, with regular visits to see him in prison, it has emerged.

Imelda Quirke has been spotted arriving at the maximum security Portlaoise Prison.

Millionaire farmer Quirke has been moved to three different prisons since he was jailed on May 1 for the murder of DJ Bobby 'Mr Moonlight' Ryan.

Imelda arrived at the prison at 2.13pm on Saturday before undergoing routine security scanning and spending more than an hour with Quirke in the visiting area.

Approached as she left the prison, Imelda declined to comment before hurrying back to her car.


"Quirke is finding it difficult to adapt and is working hard on his appeal," a source said.

"Imelda comes and visits every couple of days or so and he issues her with directions on what he wants done on the farm, with the business and discusses his appeal.

"Even the other inmates in here are amazed by her loyalty to him after what came out during the trial.

"People have a huge amount of sympathy for her though - she's not the kind of person you would ever expect to find visiting her husband in a maximum security prison."

Quirke was originally jailed in Mountjoy before being moved to Limerick Prison.

He was then moved to Portlaoise last month after he claimed the location of his incarceration was causing undue hardship for visiting family members.

It is believed Quirke was also unhappy at the attitude of fellow inmates in Limerick toward him.

His time there got off to a bad start when his arrival was mocked by fellow inmates who sang Dancing In The Moonlight as he was brought to his cell.

Quirke's cell is located on the prison's C4 wing, where gangland boss Brian Rattigan is also housed.

"Quirke is not considered a security risk - it just happened Portlaoise had a space when his request for a move was considered," a source said.

"He is with other general population prisoners and the regime there is relatively relaxed."

Quirke is now officially designated Prisoner 107243.


He is serving a life sentence following the longest criminal trial in the history of the State. Quirke is appealing his conviction for murder.

Tipperary DJ Mr Ryan went missing after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry's home at about 6.30am on June 3, 2011.

His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Ms Lowry and leased by Quirke at Fawnagowan, Co Tipperary, 22 months later on April 30, 2013.

The prosecution claimed Quirke murdered Mr Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Ms Lowry (52).

He was found guilty of the crime, despite jurors not hearing evidence of his peculiar sexual habits and obsession with notorious murders.

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