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Conditions breach Notorious killer and rapist Ian Horgan allegedly used alias on dating app Tinder

Horgan has spent most his life in prison, and has convictions for manslaughter and rape, as well as drugs and armed robbery


Horgan freed in February after robbery conviction.

Horgan freed in February after robbery conviction.

Horgan freed in February after robbery conviction.

One of Ireland's most notorious rapists has been charged with a breach of the Sex Offenders' Act after he allegedly used the dating app Tinder under an alias.

Killer Ian Horgan (37), one of the country's most notorious sex attackers, was before Bandon District Court on Friday, where gardaí claimed he used the name 'Cian' on the popular dating site.

Det Sgt Derek Mulcahy said Horgan is subject of the Sex Offenders Act for an indefinite period, and it is alleged he went on Tinder under the alias and didn't inform the gardaí.


Horgan outside the court in 2006.

Horgan outside the court in 2006.

Horgan outside the court in 2006.


"He failed to notify gardaí of his use of this name, which is similar to his own," said Det Sgt Mulcahy.

Horgan was released on bail on his own bond of €1,000 with no cash required and the matter was adjourned to June 16, ­pending directions from the director of public prosecutions.

It should come as no ­surprise that Horgan might not have used his own name on the app.

He is one of the country's most infamous sex beasts, who has spent most his life in prison, and has convictions for manslaughter and rape, as well as drugs and armed robbery.

He was just a teenager when he raped and killed Rachel Kiely in Ballincollig, Co Cork, 20 years ago.

From a respectable family, Horgan had been a promising GAA ­footballer who had also won All-Ireland athletics medals.

The eldest child in a family of four, he was 16 years old when the ­gardaí arrested him on suspicion of raping and killing Rachel (22) on October 26 in 2000.

Beautician Rachel was a neighbour of the Horgan family. She failed to return home that evening after taking her dogs for a walk in the park.

Following a massive search, her body was discovered concealed in undergrowth near the ruins of an old building inside the park.

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It was soon established that she had been raped and strangled.

Horgan's 2002 trial heard that the DNA samples taken from Rachel's body matched samples taken from him.

He was found guilty of murder and rape and sentenced to life imprisonment, but this was overturned on appeal and a second trial was ordered.


Victim Rachel Kiely

Victim Rachel Kiely

Victim Rachel Kiely


While he was out on bail he was arrested over the robbery of a post office in Cork, in which the elderly owners were tied up in their kitchen.

Horgan, then pleaded guilty, at the ­Central Criminal Court in 2005, to Rachel Kiely's manslaughter and was convicted of her rape. His initial six-year sentence was later increased to 12 years after the DPP appealed the leniency of the sentence.

Following his release, he failed to learn his lesson and has continued to regularly appear before the courts.

In February, the Sunday World revealed how he was greeted with a hug as he emerged from prison after his latest stretch.

He was welcomed back to freedom by his former girlfriend Teresa, sister of infamous Cratloe Woods rapist Thomas O'Neill.

Horgan had finished a four-year sentence in the Midlands Prison for a terrifying knife-point robbery in Macroom.

It was just the latest in a long line of prison sentences for a series of shocking crimes.

In 2010, Horgan got another four years for the post office robbery, which was to start at the end of his manslaughter sentence.

While in Wheatfield Prison in 2013 he clashed with Limerick gangster Ger ­Dundon, who needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

Horgan was released the same year and he moved to Limerick, where he was living with Teresa O'Neill. Her brother Thomas served time for raping a woman in a sickening incident in Cratloe Woods, Limerick, while he was 16. Horgan was O'Neill's best man.

Within days of his release in 2013, Horgan was again stopped by gardaí as he travelled in a car with a convicted child sex attacker.

Not long afterwards, he jumped the counter at a shop in St John's Gate, snatching just €60 after the manager tackled him.

A month later, he was refused bail ­before a special court sitting in Limerick, when charged in connection with a shooting in which a man suffered 20 pellet wounds.

Horgan was acquitted of possessing a gun with intent to endanger life after a trial at Limerick Circuit Court in 2015. In February that year, he pleaded guilty to the shop robbery and got a four-year jail term, being freed again just before Christmas 2016.

Within three months, a Garda search team found heroin worth €3,000 in the bedroom where he was staying.

A sniffer dog was used to help find the heroin hidden in a sock along with a weighing scales.

Imposing a sentence of two years and three months, with the last six months suspended, Judge Gerard O'Brien described Horgan's list of previous convictions as "somewhat alarming". His last conviction was for a knife-point robbery in which he stole €1,395 from the Carry Out off-licence in Ballydahin, Mallow, Co Cork, on ­September 18, 2017.


How we reported release in February

How we reported release in February

How we reported release in February


This week, Horgan, from The Hermitage, Macroom, Co Cork, was before another judge for allegedly breaching the Sex Offenders Act. Det Sgt Mulcahy told Judge James ­McNulty he arrested Horgan on June 3rd and charged him.

Solicitor Eamonn Fleming sought bail and gardaí said there was no objection to bail provided certain conditions were agreed.

Judge McNulty said Hogan must sign on daily at Macroom Garda Station, observe a curfew between 10pm to 7am, be available on his mobile at all times, notify gardaí of a change of address, and is not to use dating apps under his own name or any other name.

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