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Devastating impact Husband of murdered shopkeeper Joyce Quinn recalls harrowing crime in TG4 documentary

Mother-of-three Joyce was killed in 1996 on the Curragh Plains not far from her shop in Milltown, Kildare

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Ray Quinn will repeat a call to have his wife’s killer banned from re-entering the county of Kildare when he is released. 

Ray Quinn will repeat a call to have his wife’s killer banned from re-entering the county of Kildare when he is released. 

Ray Quinn will repeat a call to have his wife’s killer banned from re-entering the county of Kildare when he is released. 

The murder of shopkeeper and mother-of-three, Joyce Quinn in 1996 will be recalled in the last of a four-part TG4 documentary series Marú inár Measc (Killer in our Midst) that airs tonight. 

Episode 4 focuses on January 23 of that year when Joyce was murdered on the Curragh Plains not far from her shop in Milltown, Kildare.

In the documentary, Ray, Joyce's husband, and an officer in the Defence Forces, remembers how he became concerned when Joyce didn’t arrive home.

Fearing she had car trouble, he immediately began searching for her.

Together with their son David, they travelled the route Joyce would have taken home from work.

The shop was closed when they arrived, there was no sign of Joyce. Ray soon reported his wife missing to gardaí in Kildare.

Less than 24 hours later, Joyce’s body was found. She had been beaten, raped and stabbed with a boning knife.

Meanwhile, her killer, Milltown native, Kenneth O’Reilly continued life as normal. Just after killing Joyce, he had brought his girlfriend for a meal. In the days after, he visited a barbers and joined in on conversations speculating on the circumstance of Joyce’s death.

Crucial DNA and fingerprint evidence and multiple sightings left gardaí in no doubt as to O’Reilly being responsible. A year and a half after killing Joyce, Kenneth O’Reilly was convicted of her murder. He was not convicted of rape.

Friends of Joyce recall how women feared for their safety after their friend was murdered, and retired Detective Pat Donlon who arrested O’Reilly and remains close to the Quinn family today, recalls the impact of this murder on local gardaí.

In candid interviews with Ray Quinn, and Joyce’s daughter Nicole, this episode explores the devastating impact Joyce’s murder had on her young family.

In the documentary tonight, Ray Quinn will repeat a call to have his wife’s killer banned from re-entering the county of Kildare when he is released.

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He has written to the Justice Minister and the Parole Board to ask that a county ban and tagging be made conditions of the release of O’Reilly.

Marú inár Measc - Dúnmharú Joyce Quinn (The Murder of Joyce Quinn) airs tonight at 9.30pm on TG4.

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