March 28, 2023
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UPDATE: Murdered Kilkenny mother’s remains are re-interred

THE remains of murdered Kilkenny woman Marie Tierney have been examined and re-interred.

The mother-of-two’s remains were exhumed early yesterday morning as part of a cold case review into her violent death in 1984

Her body was exhumed at Conahy Graveyard and taken for examination to University Hospital Waterford (UHW).

Gardaí say they have liaised closely with Marie’s family throughout this process.

Ms Tierney was 34-years-old when she was reported missing on October 22, 1984 by her husband.

She lived with her husband and their two children, aged 12 and 13, at Clintstown, Co Kilkenny where they ran a grocery store and petrol station.

She had left their house on the evening of October 21 at approximately 10.30pm in the family car, a Renault 18 Estate, and had not returned.

Gardaí located the car at Newpark Fenn, Kilkenny later the following day. Statements from a number of witnesses said the car was abandoned in Newpark at approximately 11pm on October 21.

Searches were conducted by gardaí and members of Marie Tierney’s family and friends but she could not be located. On December 21, her body was found in a ditch by a man out walking on the Bleach Road, Kilkenny.

A post-mortem examination was conducted and an investigation commenced.

To date, over 500 lines of enquiry have been opened and over 200 witness statements have been recorded. However so far there has been no arrests.

Gardaí are appealing to any member of the public who may have seen anyone walking or cycling at or near Newpark/Newpark Fenn, Kilkenny on the night of October 21,1984, or who may have seen the Renault 18 on or near the Bleach Road.

They are appealing to people who have not yet made themselves known to gardaí or who, for whatever reason, were unable to make themselves available at the time.

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