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Parents in new plea for justice after 10 'heartbreaking' years


Brian Fetherston holding a photo of his tragic son Ken

Brian Fetherston holding a photo of his tragic son Ken

Brian Fetherston holding a photo of his tragic son Ken

The parents of murdered Ken Fetherston, whose remains were discovered buried in the Dublin Mountains 10 years ago, have recalled the moment they got a call from gardai saying his body had been found.

His father Brian was speaking as gardai renewed their appeal for information in the decade-old investigation.

"My phone rang and it was the gardai telling me remains had been found on the side of the mountain," Brian told RTE's Crimecall last night.

He and his wife Grainne went to the scene waiting for news from the search team. Eventually the remains were identified as Ken.

Brian and Grainne described their on-going pain and sense of loss at their son's murder.

"The fact that it has gone on now 10 years is heartbreaking," Brian said.

The 26-year-old, from Tallaght, disappeared on September 22, 2009, after going to Knocklyon to ask for money he had loaned some people.


His family reported him missing the next day and, three days after he vanished, his car was found abandoned at a slip road near Gorey, Co Wexford.

Then on January 31, 2010, the skeletal remains of a man were found just off Military Road in the Dublin Mountains above Rathfarnham. A post-mortem revealed he had been stabbed repeatedly.

Grainne said Ken was a loving son and devoted dad.

"He enjoyed life and lived for his family," she added.

Superintendent Ian Lackey said gardai were appealing for anyone who has "even the smallest piece of information" to come forward.

"Although time has passed, any information that may seem insignificant to you may help with this investigation," he said.

"If anyone would prefer to give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25."

Ken's red Honda Civic 93 D 44862 was found on September 26, 2009, on the N11, between Arklow and Gorey.