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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C
Google Streetview Murroe, Co Limerick
# Cold Case
Looking for a breakthrough 20 years after farmer was shot in the head
John Cusack was found by a local postman, lying face down outside his back door.

GARDAÍ IN LIMERICK have launched a fresh appeal over the murder of 57-year-old farmer John Cusack – who was found dead at his farm in Murroe almost 20 years ago.

The father-of-seven had been shot twice – in the back, and in the head.

John Cusack was found by a local postman at 2.10pm on Monday 25th September 1995, lying face down outside his back door.

He had last been seen by his daughter only two days previously, at 8.30pm, when he dropped her at her flat in Limerick.

A new appeal was launched as part of RTÉ’s Crime Call last night.

“We are anxious to speak to anyone who has information in relation to the murder of John Cusack,” Detective Inspector Eamon O’Neill of Henry St Garda Station said.

“We believe that there are persons out there that have information that would be beneficial to the case.

“Perhaps you were aware of suspicious activity in the run up to or between 23 September and 25 September and thought nothing of it at the time.

Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, might help with the investigation.

“To help people recall the time of year – this was the Saturday after the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Tyrone.

“John Cusack was a man that was known far and wide throughout the country – especially among those in the farming community. He dealt in cattle, sheep and horses.

Had anyone an appointment to meet him that weekend and thought it unusual that he did not turn up? Does anyone recall having made an effort to contact him that weekend and find it unusual that they could not contact him?

“Remember this was in an era where the mobile phone was in its infancy.”

Anybody with information is being asked to call the freephone Crimestoppers number on 1800 25 00 25 (calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous. Callers do not need to leave their name or address and may receive a reward for information which significantly the investigation).

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