Man charged with murder of mother of three in Cork in 1981

The body of 54-year-old Nora Sheehan was found by forestry workers at The Viewing Point, Shippool Woods near Innishannon in Co Cork on June 12, 1981.
Man charged with murder of mother of three in Cork in 1981

Pictured arriving at the District court at Skibbereen Co Cork was Noel Long a Man in 70s today charged with the murder of Nora Sheehan in Cork in 1981. Picture Denis Boyle

A 73-year-old-man appeared in court in Skibbereen, West Cork this afternoon where he was charged in connection with the murder of a woman more than 40 years ago.

The body of 54-year-old Nora Sheehan was found by forestry workers at The Viewing Point, Shippool Woods near Innishannon in Co Cork on June 12, 1981.

The mother-of-three from Ballyphehane in Cork city was last seen alive a week before the discovery of her body when she attended a medical appointment for a dog bite at the South Infirmary Hospital in the city on June 6, 1981.

She disappeared shortly afterwards and is believed to have been murdered on a date between June 6 and June 12 in 1981.

Noel Long with an address at 28 Maulbawn, Passage West, Co Cork appeared before Judge James McNulty at a sitting of Skibbereen District Court where he was formally charged with the murder of Mrs Sheehan.

Inspector Eamonn Brady from Macroom Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He said that Mr Long was arrested at 8:45am on Tuesday morning, June 28 before being brought to Bandon Garda Station for questioning.

Inspector Brady said that Mr Long was charged under caution at 11:05am with one count of murder of Nora Sheehan to which he made no reply.

Sgt Paul Kelly told Judge McNulty that the DPP had directed trial by indictment at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin and no application was made for bail which cannot be applied for at District Court level with a murder charge.

Defence solicitor Eddie Burke said that his client was a 73-year-old retired man living on a State pension and would require legal aid. He added that Mr Long has a number of medical issues and asked that the appropriate attention was given to his medical needs in Cork Prison.

Judge McNulty remanded Mr Long in custody to appear before Clonakilty District Court on Tuesday, July 5 at 2pm.

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