The Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating the murder of forty four year old Gerry Nolan that occurred at Deerpark, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday the 23rd July 2006.
Gerry, who lived alone in a caravan at the rear of house at Deerpark, spent Sunday evening with friends at the Coalmines public house in the town. A group of them left there shortly after midnight and shared a taxi home. Gerry arrived home at approximately 12.50am. A short time later at approximately 1.05am, he rang a friend on his mobile phone. The call continued for almost twenty minutes until Gerry’s credit expired.
At 4am, Gerry’s brother Willie, who lived in a chalet situated directly behind Gerry’s caravan heard dogs barking. When he looked out his window, he saw a man passing by, heading in the direction of Gerry’s Caravan.
After a few minutes, Willie heard the sound of breaking glass and on looking out his window he noticed Gerry’s caravan on fire. Gerry’s brother tried to rescue him but unfortunately his attempts were unsuccessful
On the morning of Monday 24th July 2006, Gerry died as a result of injuries caused by the fire in his caravan.
• The investigation has recently been upgraded to a murder investigation. This is based on recent progress in the case and Gardaí are hoping that this appeal will result in further critical information coming into their possession.
• Gardaí are anxious to speak to any person(s) with knowledge of Gerry’s murder that may now assist the investigation.
• Gardaí are hopeful that due to the passage of time there may be person(s) whose circumstances or relationships may now have changed and that this will allow them to come forward.
• The Gardaí believe the key to solving Gerry’s murder lies within the local community and anyone coming forward with information will be treated in a sensitive manner.
Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating Telephone 056 7775000