11 Aug 2022

'Seedy Affair': Woman gives evidence in Tipperary farmer Patrick Quirke murder trial

'Seedy Affair': Woman gives evidence Tipperary farmer Patrick Quirke murder trial

Mary Lowry has begun giving evidence in the trial of Tipperary farmer Patrick Quirke

A woman whose former lover is accused of murdering her boyfriend has described her relationship with the accused as a "seedy affair" and the only reason she started it was because she hadn't had sex for many years.

Mary Lowry has begun giving evidence in the trial of Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, County Tipperary, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 52-year-old Bobby Ryan on a date between June 3, 2011, and April 2013. Mr Ryan's body was found in a run-off tank on a farm at Fawnagowan in Tipperary in April 2013.

Ms Lowry told prosecuting counsel Michael Bowman SC that she started seeing the accused after her husband Martin Lowry died.

Mr Quirke, a farmer who had business dealings with her husband, helped her with her husband's farm and finances.
They became intimate in early 2008 and began a physical, sexual relationship. She said he "crossed the line" and described herself as vulnerable after her husband's death, which left her alone with three young children. She said she and Mr Quirke would go to her bedroom on Mondays and Fridays in the morning after her children had left for school. She felt a lot of guilt and shame, she said, and didn't tell any of her friends or family.

Before Mr Quirke, she said she hadn't had a sexual relationship for many years as her husband had been sick. She added: "That is the only explanation I can give for this seedy affair, as I would call it."

Ms Lowry is continuing her evidence in front of a jury of six women and six men and Justice Eileen Creedon.

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