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Murder of Sean Poland, Blackwater, Limerick on the 31/12/02

Sean Poland

The Gardaí at Mayorstone Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to the murder of 39 year old Sean Poland in his home in Blackwater, Co. Limerick on New Years Eve in 2002.

Sean was out socialising with his partner at the Round House Pub, High Street, Limerick, celebrating New Year’s Eve. They left the pub just after 11pm and headed home. Sean’s partner set a fire in the living room while Sean made some food in the kitchen. As they were settling in for the night, the doorbell rang. Sean went to answer the door thinking it was neighbours calling to wish them a Happy New Year.

As Sean opened the front door, four masked and armed raiders rushed through the door. Two of the raiders ran towards the living room and grabbed Sean’s partner. They ordered her to kneel on the floor and told her to put her hands behind her back. The raiders demanded to know where the money was.

She heard a shot coming from the hallway, the raiders tied her hands together with a cable from the television. They stole a sum of money from her handbag and fled from the house.

Sean’s partner discovered him in the hallway, with a gunshot wound to his stomach, he was not breathing.


• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has information that may assist them in their investigation to come forward.

Member I/C Superintendent Frank O’Brien, Henry Street Garda Station