Mother appeals for information to catch Shane’s killer

THE mother of Shane Geoghegan, the Limerick rugby player gunned down near his home, has made a heartfelt public appeal for information leading to the capture of his killer.

“I would appeal to anyone who knows anything at all to come forward. Please help us out here,” Mary Geoghegan said last night on RTÉ’s Crimecall programme.

The programme retraced the last moments of the popular 28-year-old who was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity as he made his way home from a friend’s house on Sunday, November 9.

Gardaí believe he was mistaken for a member of a crime gang on whom a contract had been taken out by a rival gang.

More than 2,000 mourners attended Mr Geoghegan’s funeral in Limerick.

“He was my first child so a great joy obviously,” his mother added.

She tearfully spoke of the moment gardaí told her of the murder.

“The gardaí said that there was somebody, there was somebody who had been fatally injured and that they were concerned that there was a possibility it was Shane. My immediate response was that it couldn’t be Shane, there was no way he could be in the way of anything that would cause him to be killed. They said it was as a result of a shooting.”

Jenna Barry, Shane’s girlfriend, said: “The first time I met Shane it was actually just before my fourteenth birthday — great guy, loving, caring, listened... all the time, listened a bit too much maybe... It’s going to be really tough without him.

“He’s not going to be there to enjoy the good times with me and he’s not going to be there to pick me up when the bad times are there, and this was a time when if it had been anyone else he would’ve been there,” she said.

Shane’s cousin Garret Walsh said: “Shane was doing what he did a thousand times. He wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was in the right place. He was walking home on Saturday night, 100 metres across the road. It’s his life was interrupted.”

Fond memories of the sportsman were also expressed by Niall Wickstead of Garryowen Rugby Club. “Shane has been playing here for the last 10 years approximately and he’s the captain of our second team. He has about seven or eight league medals and cup medals in that period of time. All I can say about him, he was our leader, our captain.”

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