Longford man charged with murder

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An Edgeworthstown man has been charged with murdering his uncle at a wedding in northern Ireland two weeks ago.

An Edgeworthstown man has been charged with murdering his uncle at a wedding in northern Ireland two weeks ago.

Patrick McGinley (46), Lisfarrell, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford appeared before Omagh Magistrates’ Court over the weekend charged with murdering Barney McGinley close to St Mary’s Catholic Church in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh on February 11 last.

The 63-year-old grandfather was shot in the chest in front of his wife, Brigid.

McGinley who appeared at the court sitting wearing a grey fleece over a blue checked shirt, spoke only to confirm his name and address, and to indicate that he understood the charge being brought against him.

A police officer told District Judge, John Meehan that he could connect the accused to the crime.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor, Seamus Leonard said he wanted to make it very clear that his client ‘voluntarily’ presented himself to police in Belfast last week.

“Mr McGinley provided a very full account of what happened in this tragic event,” Mr Leonard added.

The court heard that bail would not be applied for during the hearing, but an application was likely to be made in respect of the matter at a later date.

The defendant was subsequently remanded in custody to appear at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court on March 16.

The shooting occurred moments before the wedding of Matilda McGinley (17) and Jimmy O’Connor (16) was due to take place in Co Fermanagh. While proceedings were delayed for a short time after the shooting, the marriage ceremony went ahead with Fr Michael King officiating.

In the aftermath, Barney Mr McGinley was flown to hospital from Lisnaskea in a police helicopter, but died later.

Hundreds of mourners attended his Funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church in Athlone last Monday week.

Longford native, Fr Turlough Baxter delivered a moving homily in which he said, the father of nine would be remembered as a devout family man. The priest also told mourners that violence and retribution was never the answer.

“Even though Barney has died, for all you who loved him, he will live on in the good things he done, because goodness is always, in the end, stronger than the evil others may do to us,” the local priest added.