This afternoon

After a 15-week trial, the jury delivered its verdict after 20 hours and 39 minutes of deliberation, which began last Tuesday afternoon.

There was no reaction from Quirke as the guilty verdict was read out. Members of Bobby Ryan’s family cried and hugged in the body of the court.

Patrick Quirke found guilty of murdering Bobby Ryan (RTÉ)


Bobby Ryan’s children Robert and Michelle talking to the media outside the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) in Dublin.


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16 thoughts on “Guilty

  1. Kevin Higgins

    Amazing isn’t it ? One dead body in a septic tank leads to a murder conviction whereas 800 dead babies in a septic tank leads to years of Katherine Zappone talking poo and the Coroner sitting on his hands. Sanitise that John.

    1. phil

      Almost like there is one rule for the citizens and another for the ‘establishment’ I guess … Does not sound like the type of thing that would happen in a republic

    2. eoin

      It doesn’t take away from the point you’re making but the “run-off tank” in the Tipperary murder case was to collect excess rain water and stop the land getting water logged.

      As for the conviction, from the evidence at the trial, the murdered man, Robert Ryan was a beloved man. His family had to wait a couple of years to recover the missing body in awful circumstances and another couple of years to get justice. RIP.

      1. eoin

        And what was it like for Mary Lowry, Mr Ryan’s girlfriend. She lost someone close to her and the evidence was she was desperate to find out what happened, and then she had her most private intimacy challenged and taunted in open court. As she said herself, she didn’t have to give evidence and it was very hard for her. She’s been put through hell. I hope she finds some peace and justice from today’s verdict.

        1. Daisy Chainsaw

          It seems to be a legitimate defence tactic to put other people on trial instead of the defendant. Drag some decent people through the mud for that all important “reasonable doubt”.

          I hope the verdict brings Mr Ryan’s family and friends some peace too.

          1. eoin

            Having said all that about the victim, his family and Mary Lowry, isn’t Quirke one evil fupper. No ordinary dairy farmer, he made serious enough money from contracts for difference with a knowledge that Sean Quinn might be envious of, USBs were second nature to him, there appeared to be evidence of advanced technical knowhow in electronic and cyber surveillance and he juggled a complicated love life. And he tried to shift the blame for the murder onto others including Mary Lowry. I hope he doesn’t see freedom for a couple of decades at least.

            And lastly (for once), well done the Gardai.

          2. Lilly

            + 1 An evil fupper indeed. And how controlling. Imagine reporting Mary Lowry to the social services for child neglect because she had dared to move on. She’s lucky she didn’t end up in the water tank. His poor wife.

  2. Bonkers

    Thought he might be found not guilty after the keystone cops dropped a concrete slab on the body and then didn’t call a pathologist to the crime scene for fear of being rumbled

  3. Dub Spot

    It’s over. The case seemed to attract little national notice or online comment — the way it should be.

  4. Catherine costelloe

    The late Bobby Ryan knew of Mary Lowrys affair and opted not to finish their relationship. He was a great loss to her young children who were still grieving for their loving dad. That’s really sad .
    As for Quirke “in love” with Mary…..get away outta that. Stealing a house key, trespassing on to her property , frightening her &waffling after setting off her alarm some 20 times….call this love? It isnt. It’s controlling and appalling and I think any woman in similar circumstances would be frightened.
    R.I.P Bobby. Good day for Garda & justice .

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