Aunty May Quinn ( Flynn ) was the oldest member of the Flynn family to reside in Kilcoursey House.
According to her statement she one of the last people to see Fr. Niall alive on the night he met his violent death. She claims to have spoken to him around midnight. He was on his way to bed and had a drink in his hand . Niall suffered from Ulcers and a glass of milk was found beside his bed.
Aunty May clearly states that she was the last person to go to bed that night.
” I went into my room , closed the door and went to bed. I didn’t hear anything else that night ”
Niall was dead by 1:00 in a room along the corridor from May’s room. There was allegedly an argument and a violent struggle. Over the next few hours hysterical Theresa Flynn had to be restrained . Theresa also had to be sedated by a Doctor despite the fact that she had been drinking and had taken a sleeping tablet.
Aunty May didn’t hear anything.
Numerous people arrived in cars from 1:00a.m. and there were a lot of people upstairs to visit the scene of the killing. A priest, Doctor, family members and a number of Gardai were all up and down the stairs during the night and Aunty May didn’t hear anything.
THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE GARDAI SPEAKING TO AUNTY MAY OR ASKING FOR A STATEMENT FROM HER Despite the fact that she had not left the house all day except to go to Mass in the Morning.
Her statement was not included in the “family statements” handed into the Gardai by family Solicitor Liam Lysaght. In fact her statement ( taken later) turned up at the Inquest but there is no record of when this was handed into the Gardai
At the inquest in 1986 May was on the witness stand . She stood by her statement and was asked by the Coroner to sign her statement. She obliged and as you can see her signature in the Coroner’s Court in no way matches her original signature on her statement taken by the family Solicitor. ( see below )
(Photograph shows bloodstains clearly visible on the carpet beside the body of Fr Niall Molloy)
Under cross examination at the Inquest Dr. Dan O’Sullivan was asked –
192. And you saw a fair amount of signs of blood around the bedroom ?
– I didn’t notice any blood around the bedroom.
193. You didn’t notice any blood around the bedroom ?
Fr Deignan said in his statement that he noticed “bloodstains on the carpet nearby”
Sgt. Ford Said in his statement ” I lifted the towel and saw that there was blood on the dead man’s face, I also noticed that his upper lip burst and there was a cut on the lower left jaw “
Sgt. Forde went on to describe blood stains he had noticed in other areas of the room.
Dr. Harbison also mentioned “blood staining on the floor, over a distance of 8ft.to 9 ft”
Bloodstains and marks were also detailed by Gardai who did a forensic examination of the scene.
And Dr. O’Sullivan saw no bloodstains. ?????????
Richard Flynn was questioned at the Inquest
457. Mr. Flynn did you clean the wounds on Fr. Molloy’s face ? – No
458. When you went to whisper an act of contrition in his ear did you notice his face ?
458. can I ask you how it is you came not to notice his face at the time ?
-Because his head was turned over on his right side and I whispered an act of contrition into his left ear.
460. Why didn’t you turn him over ?
– Because his ear, his left ear was nearest to me and I whispered an act of contrition into his left ear.
I have seen the Garda photographs of the room and of Niall’s body. It is quite obvious from those photographs that there was a considerable amount of blood present. It is also obvious that someone attempted a clean up.
We gave copies of the photographs to Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald last July, She has not reponded despite promising to do so after the Summer break in 2015
Update : August 2016. Still no response from Frances Fitzgerald.
Dr O’Sullivan from Kilbeggan was the Dr. who was called to Kilcoursey House to attend to Niall on the night of his terrible death. There is no doubt that O’Sullivan was in the house that night BUT there seems to be a lot of confusion as to who actually called him.
Within a week of Niall’s death my late brother Ian Maher called to see Dr Dan O’Sullivan in his home. Dr O’Sullivan was the Flynn family doctor and was a friend of the family as well as Niall.In an interview with a reporter at the time Ian said ” Dr. Dan told me the first thing he knew was at about 1.15a.m., and this is very vivid in my mind, he said that he had forgotten to switch the telephone from the surgery up to the bedroom and at about a quarter past one – he was very specific about that -the front door was hammered on very loudly. It was David” recalled Ian Maher
” I didn’t know who David was even at this stage”
Ian then went to the Tyrellspass Hotel and I spoke to him on the phone. He told me about his conversation with the Dr. and asked me if I knew who David Flynn was. I had not heard of him before that night.
In the interview Ian continued “Then I rang the Gardai. I rang Garda Michael Fox and told him about my conversation with Dr. Dan. And he said ” Say that again.” Ian replied ” the first person to call to Dr O’Sullivan’s house was David.’ Ian asked him who David was and he said ‘that’s Richard Flynn’s son.’
At the Inquest Dr O’Sullivan denied that he had told Ian Maher that David Flynn had called him that night. He said that when he opened the door that night Fr. Deignan was there with one of the Flynn daughters. It was about 1:50 am
FROM THE INQUEST
183. Was David Flynn at the door ?
184. Didn’t you tell Ian Maher that David Flynn was the first one who woke you up ?
10.2.4 Report of Dominic McGinn Page 64
” He ( David Flynn ) insisted that it was his father who called Dr, O’Sullivan to the scene “
At about 2:00am I was called by Fr Duignan and Miss Zanda Flynn, Clara, and asked to come to Miss Flynn’s home at Clara to attend Father Molloy. She said that he was dead——————— Dr O’Sullivan, Statement
The Gardai never picked up on these contradictions. Nor have Journalists who have gone through all the papers as I have. My late brother Ian was NEVER called as a witness despite all the valuable information he gave to the Gardai. There is no statement from him in the Book of Evidence. Why was he excluded ?
SO WHO DID CALL THE DOCTOR THAT NIGHT ?
There are other major contradictions in the statements from various witnesses. None of which seem to have been examined in any detail. I will be posting more in the coming days.
This morning 15th/Feb/2016 the number of views recorded on this website has reached 75,000.
In the opening pages of the Book of Evidence a key witness who was present in Kilcoursey house is dismissed as not important because he was not in the house at a certain time that evening.
This comment made by a senior Garda Completely contradicts the witness’s own signed statement which is included later on in the report.
No one has picked up on this despite it having been examined again by Gardai, the DPP’s office, Dept.of Justice experts and Journalists who have reviewed the case.
One member of the Flynn family who was present in the house the day Niall was murdered was NEVER interviewed by the Gardai.
Even more bizarre is the fact that the Flynn family statements handed in to the Gardai, and referred to in the McGinn Report, did not include a statement from the family member who said she had not left the house all that day or evening.
A local Guard in Clara told my late brother Ian Maher ” Your Uncle wasn’t killed :he was slaughtered” The above cutting is from a UK newspaper nearly 30 years ago. The same Garda also told my brother that there was Politicians leaping over hedges the night Niall was killed
A nephew of murdered Roscommon priest Father Niall Molloy says he’s disappointed at the lack of action taken on the case since a meeting with the Justice Minister last year.
Bill Maher and other members of the Molloy family met with Frances Fitzgerald last July, as they continue to seek answers into his death.
Fr Molloy’s nephew believes photos of the 52 year old’s body contradict witness statements taken during the investigation.
Nobody has been convicted in connection with his death which occurred at the home of Richard and Therese Flynn in Clara, Co Offaly, on July 8th, 1985.
Mr Maher is fearful that the issue will be lost as the election campaign gets underway: