Clare farmer found guilty of law student’s murder
Body of Eoin Ryan found in a barrel on farm in 2011
He said it was impossible to convey just how much their younger brother meant to them and how unbearable his loss was.
He said his brother was the baby of the family and was cherished as any son and brother would be.
“He was very easy to love, hilariously funny, gentle, caring and intelligent,” he said.
He said he always had a broad smile for everyone, a bounce in his step and loved being at home with his parents.
“He had something positive to say about everyone and saw only good in the world,” he added.
“Every minute of Eoin’s 21 years was lived with positivity and energy. He had a greater sense of joy in life that anyone we know,” he said.
Mr Ryan thanked his brother’s friends for the formative role they had played in his life, saying their sense of fun and adventure reminded the family of him.
Mr Ryan had recently finished his final year in European Studies and Law in the University of Limerick.
His brother explained that he had then completed an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels, from which he had returned with lots of new friends and stories to tell. He was working for the summer to save money for a Master’s in Environmental Law in Belfast.
“Life was opening up to him and he knew he had the support and love of his family in everything he aimed to achieve,” he said.
“No human being deserves to die in such a lonely, terrifying and violent fashion, least of all someone as peaceful and gentle as our Eoin,” he said.
“It’s every family’s nightmare to lose someone they love in such horrendous circumstances; we now live that nightmare every day,” he said.
“Our world ended on the 7th of June 2011. Each morning is begun with a jolt of pain as the memory of what happened to Eoin returns to us,” said Mr Ryan.
“Days are to be endured and not enjoyed. We battle every day with questions that will never be answered and torment that will not cease,” he continued.
He said their parents had worked hard to start their brother on the right path in life.
“He was deeply loved by them and was reminded of this every day,” he said.
“All our hopes for Eoin were destroyed in minutes by the barbaric actions of another, just kilometres from our home.
“The savagery of what happed to Eoin that night is something that we can never, ever come to terms with. Eoin’s life was brutally ended that night and so many more were destroyed,” he said.
“Eoin deserved a long, full and happy life and there is simply no punishment sufficient to lessen any of the hurt that has been inflicted on us,” he concluded, before his brother’s murderer was led away to begin his life sentence.