The Parish Priest of Clara Fr Duignan was the first to be called to the scene on the 8th July 1985. He stated that he could not call for an ambulance as he had to go back home to get his glasses. On the way to the Parochial House he would have passed the house of the local doctor.
Fr.Duignan spent a number of hours at the scene before he called the local police sergeant.
At the inquest he refused to give evidence as to the time he spent at the scene. He quoted his job as the reason for not disclosing what had happened.