One of those also involved in the search was local man Ger O’Donovan.
He had tied her up, assaulted with a stick and a piece of a kitchen countertop.
January 18, 2009: The 60-year-old widow, from Maulnaskimlehane, Kilbrittain, was last seen in Garrettstown, where she met a friend.
January 19: She had her last phone call, with a friend, before being abducted that evening from her home by a man she knew through her husband. That man was called Oliver Hayes. He tied her up and took her to his house in Clancool, Bandon, in the back of her car. He later admitted he beat her with a stick and the top of a kitchen table, after she gave him her PIN number for her bank card. Hayes went to her home to locate her bank card, leaving her in his house. She was still alive when he returned home.
January 20: Hayes found her dead that morning, but left her body in his house.
January 21: He went to a camera club meeting in Clonakilty, while the dead woman’s body remained in his house. He withdrew money from her bank account.
January 22: He removed the body to a wood near Ballinspittle that night, burning the body before covering it with stones. He returned to her house to feed her dogs.
January 24: Hayes went to Austria on holidays with his girlfriend and her son, after moving Ann Corcoran’s car from Clancool.
January 28: The search for her got underway when her green Peugeot car was found at Old Chapel, on the outskirts of Bandon town. A painter had gone to her home, but found it locked, with her dogs inside.
Gardaí, the Civil Defence, and hundreds of members of the public searched the Bandon and Kilbrittain areas. Gardaí checked CCTV, her bank accounts, phone traffic, and the movements of her car. Her car had been parked near Bandon Bridge school for a few days, before being moved to Old Chapel.
January 31: Hayes returned from holidays.
February 5: He was arrested. His house was searched by gardaí.
February 6: Gardaí sealed off a scene at Kilmore, a remote wood in the outer Ballinspittle area, close to Garrettstown, after Hayes drew a map of where he had taken the dead woman. The discovery of Ann’s body was confirmed by gardaí just after 3pm.
April 30: Hayes was charged with murder.
February 15, 2010: Hayes went on trial for the murder. He admitted manslaughter, but denied murder. He also admitted false imprisonment and the theft of €3,000 from her bank account.
March 4: Hayes was found guilty of the murder.
March 10: He was sentenced to life imprisonment and was also given a 10-year sentence for five counts of theft, for one attempted theft, and for the false imprisonment of Ann Corcoran.
October 29, 2010: Hayes unsuccessfully appealed his conviction. He remains in prison.