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Westport man’s promise to murdered daughter

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‘A PERSONAL COMMITMENT’ Denis Glennon has been waiting 23 years for justice to be served for his murdered daughter Ciara (inset)

Conviction of serial murderer was longest running criminal investigation in Australia

Áine Ryan

A man with Westport roots whose daughter was murdered in Australia has spoken out about his daughter’s ‘great courage’ following last week’s conviction of Bradley Edwards in Perth, 23 years after she disappeared following a night out.
A lawyer by profession, Ciara Glennon was aged 27 when she was abducted and murdered. Speaking at a press conference after the conviction, Denis Glennon said: “Ciara was strong in spirit, had courage, great courage but yet as she fought to save her life she could not save herself.”
Denis Glennon said his daughter had fought for her life and had consequently left vital DNA clues.
“When Ciara was deemed a missing person my appeal for help to find her was in a press conference like this, in this very same room, I had two fears – that she would fight for her life because of the way she was brought up and little did we know then how prophetic those words would be. As she fought to save her life she left us the vital DNA clues,” he said.
“Shortly after her funeral I visited Ciara’s grave and I made a personal commitment to her. I would find the person responsible for killing her or I would die trying,” Denis Glennon said.  
He added that the past was ‘engulfed by sadness’ but that fond memories of Ciara had helped the family through this ordeal.
Bradley Edwards’ conviction of her murder and that of Jane Rimmer followed Australia’s longest-running and most expensive criminal investigation.
The former technician from Western Australia, was acquitted of the murder of Sarah Spiers, whose body was never found, in what was known as the Claremont serial killings case.
Ciara Glennon was celebrating St Patrick’s Day with friends in the Claremont district of Perth on March 14, 1997, when she went missing. Her body was found later in bushland about 50 kilometres from Perth. Edwards was ultimately arrested in 2016 and charged with willfully murdering the three women.  

Westport connection
DENIS Glennon’s family lived at Westport Quay for a time. In a Mayo News report in January 2017, after Bradley Robert Edwards was charged with her murder, a colleague described Ciara as a ‘gifted young lawyer, a popular and fun-loving workmate, a loyal friend and a devoted daughter and sister’.
Before emigrating to Australia in the mid-1970s, Denis Glennon worked with Bord na Móna. His father, also Denis, worked for CIE at Westport Quay where he and his wife Annie were well-known.