A major Garda investigation is ongoing into the brutal murder of a Clonmelman that shocked the West Tipperary village of Golden last week.
30 year-old Shane Rossiter was gunned down shortly after 6.30am last Wednesday morning when a number of men fired several shots from what is believed to have been a shotgun into a house in Chapel Lane, Golden, where the victim was staying with two other men and three women.
Shane Rossiter was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, where he was later pronounced dead.
His murder has caused widespread shock and grief in South Tipperary.
In a statement issued last week through Shane Rossiter’s uncle, Michael Keating, the family said they were “devastated and shocked by his tragic death” and were finding it hard to come to terms with what happened.
“To get that news was just unbelievable. He’ll be sadly missed by his family, his parents and brothers and sister. He has a wide circle of friends”.
Mr. Keating described Shane Rossiter as “a happy-go-lucky chap” who was “very much at ease with his brother and sisters and very family-orientated”.
He enjoyed playing football when younger and “just liked having a good time, and wasn’t different to to any other person in his age group”.
His death is another severe blow to his parents Siobhan and Pat and family, as the victim is a brother of Brian Rossiter, who was 14 years old when he died ten years ago, three days after he was found unconscious in a cell at Clonmel Garda station.
Up to yesterday, Tuesday, no arrests had been made in the investigation, which is being led by Superintendent Nicholas McGrath in Tipperary town.
Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information or who noticed anything suspicious in the area before the murder was committed to contact them at Tipperary town on 062-80670, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
Shane Rossiter had previous convictions for assault, burglary, sale and supply of drugs and public order offences, and had spent time in prison.
He was buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Clonmel on Monday following Requiem Mass at the Church of the Resurrection.
Fr. Ray Reidy told the congregation, which included the victim’s heartbroken parents, sisters Jenna, Sharon, Amy, Katie and brother Neil that Shane Rossiter was going around trying to reconcile with those that he had issues with, trying to put things right. He intended to move on.
Fr. Reidy said that 30 years of age was too young to die, too early for a life to end. He had been baptised in Ss Peter and Paul’s Church. He made his Holy Communion there, he was confirmed there, his primary school days were spent in Ss Peter and Paul’s primary school and then he attended the Vocational School.
“The Rossiter family lived in the Wilderness area back in those days and, in many ways, Shane’s roots would be still in this area. A lot of his friends and contacts he maintained were with people living in the Wilderness area.
He was a good footballer and a Liverpool supporter. He played for Wilderness Rovers soccer club and was good fun, witty and quite funny”.
In recent years he travelled to Thailand and Australia and returned fairly recently.
Fr. Reidy said that there were occasions in life, and this was one of them, when you could only cry out “why, why does this happen. It is beyond our control and beyond our understanding. Any unexpected death hits everybody. There’s an appalling suddenness. Everyone gathered here in the church, especially the family finds it difficult to take in”.
Only two weeks previously Fr. Reidy had christened Jenna Rossiter’s baby Jack, the victim’s nephew.
“Shane was here. It was a happy occasion for the Rossiter family and I’m sure that the family were looking forward to many other such happy occasions to be celebrated as a family, together.”
The murder also stunned the quiet village of Golden.
Local Deputy Tom Hayes said “Naturally the village of Golden is totally unaccustomed to this type of activity and has been left in deep shock by this attack. We just don’t expect this to happen in a small rural village. This was a horrific event and the news is quite hard for locals to digest.
It’s a worrying development for us; people should be able to go about their lives and not have to worry about this type of attack.
This is another gangland-style killing and I certainly hope anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious will come forward and assist Gardaí with their enquiries and bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice.
My thoughts are with the deceased’s family at this difficult time”.