Updated: 22/02/17 : 05:21:54
Printable Version   Bookmark and Share Share This


Sligo links to priest's killing recalled in accused death

A SLIGO town business owner once accused of killing a priest has died after a lengthy illness.

Richard Flynn, who was in his late 80s, operated a business in Sligo town centre for some years.

He passed away at a nursing home in Ballymahon, Co Longford, last weekend.

He was cleared by the courts of killing the priest in his home, following a family wedding, in Co. Offaly.

The priest, Fr Niall Molloy, had also served as a curate in St Anne's and Sligo Cathedral in the 1960s in his early priesthood.

Mr Flynn was buried after his funeral Mass near Glasson, Co Westmeath.

His acquittal of the killing of Fr Molloy sparked a controversy that has lasted three decades after the priest's death.

Rekindled Interest

Fr Molloy's body was found in the home of Richard and Theresa Flynn at Kilcoursey House in Clara, Co Offaly, on July 8, 1985.

A lengthy investigation saw a Garda file sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Mr Flynn was charged with manslaughter and assault.

But at his trial, the late Judge Frank Roe directed the jury to find Mr Flynn not guilt on both counts. 

Investigative journalist Gemma O'Doherty rekindled interest in the case with several probes. 

Judge Roe's earlier decision had fuelled the nationwide interest.

Rumours flourished over the decades but nothing concrete emerged.

The Garda ''cold case unit'' carried out a review of the evidence.

The government also appointed senior counsel, Dominic McGinn, to take a fresh look at the review.

He concluded that, given the passage of time, the death of so many pertinent witnesses and the reluctance of others to give evidence, it was unlikely that any further inquiry would have a reasonable prospect of establishing the truth.