Farmer Quirke found guilty of killing DJ Bobby Ryan

May 1, 2019

Farmer Pat Quirke has been found guilty of murdering his love rival Bobby Ryan.

The jury at the Central Criminal Court returned the majority verdict of 10-2 this afternoon after deliberating for 20 hours and 39 minutes in a trial that has gripped the nation.

The trial lasted 15-week which the longest in the history of the State.

Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, always denied murdering Mr Ryan (52) on a date between June 3, 2011, and April 2013.

The prosecution alleged Quirke killed Mr Ryan so he could rekindle his affair with Mary Lowry, the widow whose farm Quirke was leasing. This was denied by Quirke.

Mr Ryan was in a relationship with Ms Lowry at the time of his disappearance.

Mr Ryan disappeared after leaving Ms Lowry’s house at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary at 6.30am on the morning of June 3, 2011.

His body was discovered 22 months later by Quirke in an underground tank on the farm, but the prosecution alleges this was a “staged” discovery. reports that Patrick Quirke showed no reaction when the verdict was delivered.

He was taken into custody and will be sentenced at a later date.

A number of friends and relatives of Mr Ryan wept after the verdict was delivered.