TG4 to air documentary on homophobic murder of Dungannon man

Shaun's mother Rosemary shares her feelings of loss for Shaun, the life and soul of the party, with whom she shared a special bond

Shaun's mother Rosemary shares her feelings of loss for Shaun, the life and soul of the party, with whom she shared a special bond

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The homophobic murder of Dungannon man, Shaun Fitzpatrick, is to feature on a new documentary examining the legacy of six tragic murders that took place in remote parts of Ireland.

Racht, which will first air on TG4 on Wednesday [Oct 30] at 10pm will look at the anger, shame and fear surrounding the crimes - emotions with the “potential to ruin lives”.

Racht starts on TG4 this Wednesday

Racht starts on TG4 this Wednesday

Each episode will look at the motivation behind the crimes and their emotional impact on those connected to the deceased.

A spokesperson for the series said: “In recent times there has been huge progress made on the subject of gay rights and equality for the LGBT community, but unfortunately tragedies still occur.”

In Dungannon in 2008, Shaun Fitzpatrick was beaten to death as he made his way home from a night out.

It was reported that he was injured so badly paramedics at the scene initially thought he had been shot in the face.

It later emerged he had been targeted because he was an openly gay man.

His attackers were eventually charged with his murder and are currently serving 20 year prison sentences.

In the programme Shaun’s mother Rosemary shares her feelings of loss for him - the life and soul of the party - with whom she shared a special bond. Rosemary talks about how he had hidden his homosexuality for years, but had ‘come out’ and was living life to the full before his murder.

Racht, which is produced by Paper Owl Films for TG4 with support from the Irish Language Broadcast, will begin with the story of Molly Bunbury, who was murdered in Spiddal, Co Galway in 1886 before coming to the story of Stephen Lyne who was just 17 when he was killed by a single stab wound to the back in Killarney in 2009.

The series will also look at the story of two sisters who stood trial for the death of a baby girl one of them had carried, before examining a case of Patrick Devine, a nurse and sheep farmer, was shot nine times through his kitchen window as he sat eating his dinner in 2004.