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crime world Episode 57: The Mr Moonlight murder and Patrick Quirke's failed bid for freedom

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

It was the trial that lifted a lid on sex and lust in rural Ireland and revealed the secrets of a small Tipperary village.

When farmer Patrick Quirke received a life sentence for the murder of Bobby Ryan, a popular DJ known as Mr Moonlight, he was quick to appeal his conviction saying the prosecution never proved its case of murder.
But despite laying out 50 grounds at the Appeals Court, Quirke has now lost his last bid for freedom and will have to accept his fate.

So why did the married Quirke think he could get away with murder? Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Eamon Dillon, who penned a Sunday World booklet The Mr Moonlight Murder about the case. He tells her about a tale of love, jealousy and regret in the heart of an ordinary community.

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