Family makes new appeal over Limerick murder

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

ON THE fifth anniversary of his murder, the father of Jeffrey Hannan has made an emotional appeal for anyone with information about his son’s brutal killing to come forward.

ON THE fifth anniversary of his murder, the father of Jeffrey Hannan has made an emotional appeal for anyone with information about his son’s brutal killing to come forward.

On November 22, 2007 the 19 year-old died after he was assaulted just 50 yards from his home in Galtee Drive, O’Malley Park, Southill.

His father Alan, 48, said the past five years of not knowing why his son was murdered, and who was behind the killing has been “torture” for their family.

The family moved out of Southill as they couldn’t bear to live just a few feet away from where Jeffrey was killed.

“It has been a complete nightmare. It’s so unnatural. You wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy. Jeffrey had his whole life ahead of him; he had done his Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.

Since then the grand-father of five has retraced that night’s events over and over in his mind, “wishing I had called him in at 1.45am”, as Jeffrey had been sitting with a gang of people by a bonfire nearby.

“He must have called out for help. It’s all ifs and buts. But if we go down that road you’d only drive yourself mad.” 
The next day he went to work as normal, even passing through the green area where his son’s body lay, but he got a “sick feeling that something wasn’t right” and walked back out the gate again.
Jeffrey would have celebrated his 24th birthday last month, on October 10.

Now his six year-old daughter Nikita sleeps with her father’s sweater wrapped around her pillow. “She’s always talking about her dad. The other day a song came on the radio and she started crying, saying that it reminded her of her dad,” he said.

Alan believes he knows who killed his son, potentially a group of up to six people, some of whom are now in prison or dead themselves. “All it takes is just one phonecall. This has to be eating away at someone, because if they’re not going through what I’m going through there’s something wrong. I’m not going to forget about this. I’m not going to leave it go,” he said.

He said he has been tempted to seek revenge for this son’s killing, but has resisted all urges. Gardai arrested a number of people as part of their inquiries, and a file was forwarded to the DPP, however no charges have been brought.