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Stephen Walsh and other members of his family recall the night his sister Ann was murdered on TG4's Marú inár measc, and how this tragedy has changed them profoundly. He is pictured in New Shanakyle Graveyard, at the grave of Ann. Photograph by John Kelly

Family of murdered Clare woman feature in TG4 show

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THE Walsh family in Kilrush whose treaured Ann was murdered in 2005 have given emotional and personal interviews as part of a TG4 series that airs next Wednesday.

The latest in the Marú inár measc, true crime documentary series by Midas Productions for TG4, features the Walsh family who recall the night Ann was murdered and how this tragedy has changed them profoundly.

On August 24 2005, Ann was strangled by her former boyfriend, Raymond Donovan in the grounds of the local church in Kilrush.

Shortly after 1am in the morning, the Walshes woke to the devastating news that their beloved daughter and sister had been murdered.

Gardaí arrested the man who committed the crime at the scene. Despite confessing to killing Ann, Raymond Donovan remained defiant when Gardaí charged him with her murder, however he was found guilty after a short period of time and sentenced to life.

Although Donovan was convicted of Ann’s murder he remains one step closer to his eventual release and has been out to visit his family on day release several times.

After spending 17 years in prison, he will soon to be eligible for parole and his possible release could see him back on the streets of Kilrush where Ann’s family live.

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