Naas Gardai, family make anniversary appeal in Fox murder

On the 22th anniversary of the murder of Dessie Fox at Healy’s Bridge, Prosperous, Gardai and Crimestoppers have renewed their joint appeal for information.

On the 22th anniversary of the murder of Dessie Fox at Healy’s Bridge, Prosperous, Gardai and Crimestoppers have renewed their joint appeal for information.

On September 30, 1990, the then 47 year old was en route from his home in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, to a race meeting at the Curragh when his car was intercepted by a number of men, believed to be at least two.

He died from a single wound to the leg.

The incident occurred just a couple of yards short of Healy’s Bridge (otherwise known as Bonynce Bridge) over the Grand Canal near Downing’s Cross, Downings South, Prosperous.

It was reported that Mr. Fox was carrying a large amount of cash in the car at the time. Nobody was ever brought to justice for the crime which shocked locals at the time.

Detective Inspector Ashley O’Sullivan from Naas Garda Station has urged people to come forward “Twenty two years following the brutal murder of Dessie Fox, we remain confident that someone has information which could lead us to identify the people responsible. If you have any information that would assist Gardaí in their investigation but were unable to come forward at the time, please do so now.”

Mr. Fox’s wife and three daughters made an emotional request for anyone with information about his death to contact Crimestoppers.

His daughter, Lorna Fox O’Mahony explained that “for us to deal with this we need to know the truth of what happened on that day.

“We believe that there are people out there who know what happened to our Dad the day he was killed. We all loved him and miss him so much.

“Whatever information you may have, please come forward now. It is not too late to help.”

Mr. Fox, who was reportedly in possession of tens of thousands of pounds when he was ambushed received a single gunshot wound to the leg. It proved to be fatal.

Following his murder, a group of bookmakers offered a reward of £50,000 (€63,500) for information on the incident, to no avail

It is believed that Mr. Fox was spotted leaving Connolly’s newsagents in Prosperous earlier that day and was followed, it is believed, by a Red Toyota Carina.

In 2009, the Serious Crime Review Team of An Garda Siochana revealed that they were investigating the matter.

And they posted information on their own page of the Garda website, including a selection of the cases they have reopened.

They said they believed that posting the information would be “beneficial in endeavoring to solve crimes where the initial investigation had yielded insufficient evidence to bring perpetrators to justice”.

“If you have any information please call Crimestoppers (Republic of Ireland) on 1800 25 00 25 or Crimestoppers (Northern Ireland) on 0800 555 111.

“The call to Crimestoppers is free and anonymous.

There may be a reward for information which significantly helps the investigation,” Crimestoppers explained.

- Conor McHugh