Robert Holohan's disappearance on the 4th of January 2005 touched the heart of the nation. For eight days people from all over Ireland searched for the boy. All their hopes were dashed when his body was found. Then the full tragedy emerged when his good friend and neighbour, Wayne O'Donoghue, admitted to the killing; at the court case he pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Ralph Riegel's account of this tragedy starts at the afternoon of Robert's disappearance right up to the aftermath of Wayne O'Donoghue's trial and Majella Holohan's Victim Impact Statement.
Ralph Riegel lives in Cork. He has worked as a journalist for several newspapers including The Cork Examiner, The Evening Echo, The Evening Herald and The Sunday Independent and is the southern correspondent for The Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to RTE, BBC and TV3 and to British newspapers including the (London) Independent and The Daily Telegraph.