Man, 73, charged with murder of Cork woman in 1981

The body of 54-year-old Nora Sheehan was found by forestry workers at The Viewing Point, Shippool Woods near Innishannon on June 12, 1981
Man, 73, charged with murder of Cork woman in 1981

Nora Sheehan's body was discovered in Shippool Wood in Innishannon on June 12, 1981. Picture: Garda Info

A 73-year-old-man has appeared in court in Skibbereen, West Cork, on Tuesday afternoon, where he was charged with the murder of a woman more than 40-years-ago.

The body of 54-year-old Nora Sheehan was found by forestry workers at The Viewing Point, Shippool Woods near Innishannon in Co Cork on June 12, 1981.

The mother-of-three from Ballyphehane in Cork City was last seen alive a week before the discovery of her body when she attended a medical appointment for a dog bite at the South Infirmary Hospital in the city on June 6, 1981.

She disappeared shortly afterwards and is believed to have been murdered on a date between June 6 and June 12, 1981.

Noel Long with an address at 28 Maulbawn, Passage West, Co Cork, appeared before Judge James McNulty at a sitting of Skibbereen District Court where he was formally charged with the murder of Mrs Sheehan.

Inspector Eamonn Brady from Macroom Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He said Mr Long was arrested at 8:45am on Tuesday morning, June 28, before being brought to Bandon Garda Station for questioning.

Inspector Brady said Mr Long was charged under caution at 11:05am with one count of murder of Nora Sheehan to which he made no reply.

Sgt Paul Kelly told Judge McNulty that the DPP had directed trial by indictment at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin and no application was made for bail, which cannot be applied for at district court level with a murder charge.

Defence solicitor Eddie Burke said his client was a 73-year-old retired man living on a State pension and would require legal aid. He added that Mr Long had a number of medical issues and asked that the appropriate attention was given to his medical needs in Cork Prison.

Judge McNulty remanded Mr Long in custody to appear before Clonakilty District Court on Tuesday, July 5, at 2pm.

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