Athy shooting - Lonely death in a deserted cul de sac

Flowers mark the spot where Jamie Lindsay was shot at Coney Green.
Whoever shot Jamie Lindsey at 8.40pm last Saturday night met him in a cul de sac in the Coneyboro estate, known as Coney Green.

Whoever shot Jamie Lindsey at 8.40pm last Saturday night met him in a cul de sac in the Coneyboro estate, known as Coney Green.

By meeting him there it’s clear that their intention was to stay out of view of the vast majority of the residents of Coneyboro. Jamie Lindsey didn’t live in that part of Coneyboro. Nobody lives in that part of Coneyboro.

The Coney Green row of houses face onto a large football pitch-sized green area that is bordered on the far side by the railway. Towards the end of the cul de sac, almost a dozen bouquets of flowers mark the spot where the young man lost his life. There are no notes on the flowers.

A wide area around the flowers is condoned off with blue and white Garda tape, which flapped loudly in the bright sunshine on Monday morning.

Of the 20 or so houses along that row, a good number, especially towards the end of the windswept cul de sac, are not occupied. Builders’ plastic sheeting can be seen inside the windows, now covered in dust.

This part of the world is commuter belt land, many of them immigrant families who have put down concrete roots in Athy. Even in the occupied houses, very few people were actually home.

With the exception of the flapping Garda tape, the occasional passing train and a distant alarm, Coney Green was a very quiet place on Monday when the Leinster Leader visited.

Seven Gardai were present, some combing the area with rakes and metal detectors, others in uniform going door to door.

Generally, people were reluctant to speak to the Leinster Leader, and none would give their name.

One woman said she wasn’t there at the time of the incident. “I was at work, but my husband, and my child passed by five minutes later.

“A man – he lives a few doors down – he tried to help,” and she motioned the action of CPR.

“He didn’t live here. He lived...” and she pointed over the top of her house, indicating he lived elsewhere on the estate which is at the back of her house

She said she had met the deceased man a few times, “but I didn’t know he was involved in drugs”.

Around the corner to Coney Green, there’s a creche. Nobody answered when when the Leinster Leader rang.

A woman walking nearby with a toddler in a buggy, said she was shocked at what had happened, and wondered what the estate was coming to.

“It would make you think that it’s not a nice place to bring up kids,” she remarked. “Around here, it’s just families, lots of young children, just working away if they can get it, getting on with their lives.”

She agreed that there was now a concern amongst Coneyboro residents that others would think the area was a dangerous place.

While the Leinster Leader was there, several cars drove into the cul de sac, paused near the Garda tape, turned and drove out again, presumably just having a look.

A man in a blue Mazda drove in and parked. A woman and some children stayed in the car while he got out with a bunch of flowers.

After laying the flowers, he walked back towards his car. This reporter approached him, identified ourselves and asked if he’d like to speak to us.

He shook his head. “No thanks. Thanks for the offer though.”

“Did you know him?”

“I did. He didn’t deserve to die like that. Nobody deserves to die like this.”

A young mother, Kelly Walsh, commented on Facebook that she was going to move out of the estate. “I’m not going to bring my kids up in place – bombs, murders – anyone’s little child could get hurt.”

But another resident of Coneyboro, local councillor Thomas Redmond, was shocked by the incident.

He said people in the area were feeling very insecure.

He stressed that “it’s a good estate.

“There’s lots of community spirit. Like, last week, 150 people turned out for the Easter Egg Hunt.

“Like every other estate, I don’t know the person who owns the house a few doors down from me.

- Conor McHugh