Tragic murder-suicide couple laid to rest

August 3, 2015

The double funeral of tragic murder-suicide couple Marie and James Quigley took place on Saturday, after their remains had reposed together at the family home in Hackballscross on Friday.

Seventy year old Mrs Quigley suffered a violent death at the hands of her husband last Monday before he drove his car into the path of an oncoming truck and another car on the M1 in Louth the same day.

The horrifying circumstances of the couple’s deaths sent shockwaves through the local community, who came together en masse on Saturday to support the Quigley’s devastated children, Kieran, Mark, Gavin and Sonya.

The shocking tragedy unfolded after Mr Quigley died in a head on collision with a truck and car on the M1 northbound carriageway near Ardee on Monday afternoon.

Upon visiting the family home to break the news of his death to his wife Marie, Gardai found the couple’s adult son Kieran at the house having just discovered his mother dead in an upstairs bedroom.

It is believed Mr Quigley had bludgeoned his wife to death with a lump hammer before being involved in the fatal crash.

The well known company director is thought to have suffered from mental health issues for several years but police admitted the motive for the murder-suicide may never come to light.

The family had been hit by tragedy in the past with the dead couple’s 9 year old son Aidan having died in a drowning accident more than 20 years ago.

Mr Quigley’s brother Peter also died in tragic circumstances several years ago and just last year the family suffered another loss when Marie’s nephew was killed in a car accident on New Year’s Day.

Tributes poured in for the couple and their family last week, with Parish Priest Fr Gerry Campbell speaking of the devastation felt in the close-knit community at the deaths of the couple, who were very well known in the parish.

Sinn Féin councillor Tomás Sharkey said the family were “well known, with broad connections into different types of community life, local and across the region and into the town of Dundalk.

“Everybody respects the Quigley and Beagan families and that’s what makes it such a big shock,” he added.

Following Saturday’s joint funeral Mass, the couple were laid to rest side-by-side with their late son Aidan.