Northern Ireland

Family appeal over Tyrone man Des Fox's murder

Des Fox Image copyright RTE
Image caption Mr Fox was killed in County Kildare in a violent robbery 25 years ago

Twenty-five years after Tyrone man Des Fox was murdered in County Kildare, his family and friends have appealed for help in finding his killers.

Mr Fox, a bookmaker from Dungannon, was on his way to the Curragh Races when he was robbed of about £15,000 at Healy's Bridge on 30 September 1990.

The 47-year-old father of three was shot in the leg and bled to death.

Mr Fox was chairman of Edendork GAA club.

At the weekend, 100 club members cycled from the place where he died to their home club in his memory.

Before they began their cycle, a short memorial service was held at the spot where Mr Fox died.

"Dessie's family have never had any closure after the tragedy, and it left a big scar in our whole community," said Stephen McKenna, Edendork GAC.

"We named our clubrooms in Dessie's honour, and it is here where we finished our cycle on Sunday afternoon."

The family and organisers hope that the event might prompt someone who knows about the murder to come forward

In a statement, Irish police said Mr Fox's death was the subject of a live and ongoing investigation. Gardaí in Naas have appealed to the public for information.

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