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Renewed Appeal - Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy Murder Investigation - 30th of November 1997

Issue Date: 30 November 2022

An Garda Síochána is renewing an appeal for information in relation to Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy who was murdered on the 30th of November, 1997.

Eileen was originally from Corofin in Co Galway and was a well-known Taxi driver in the city.  She was 47 years-of-age at the time of her death and was driving a Silver Toyota Carina registration number 97G6663. 

Eileen commenced work at 8am on the 30th of November and worked throughout the day.  At 8pm Eileen informed her taxi base that she was taking a fare to Claregalway.  Approximately 20 minutes later the taxi base attempted to contact Eileen but received no answer.  At 9pm Eileen was due to meet the owner of the Taxi in Galway to handover the car and keys however she failed to meet as agreed. The last known contact with Eileen was at 8pm.

At this stage Eileen’s colleagues grew concerned for her whereabouts and searched the city for her taxi.  Just before midnight Eileen’s taxi was discovered at Lydon house bakery on the Tuam Road in Galway where it became apparent that Eileen may have been injured.  A search of the area commenced.

The following morning the 1st of December 1997, the body of Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy was discovered at Tinkers Lane, Knockdoemore just off the N17.  Eileen had been assaulted and murdered.  A murder investigation commenced.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins said:

"25 years on, An Garda Síochána continue to investigate this case.  The investigation into the murder of Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy continues to be a live investigation.”

"We are conscious that we now live in a very different era to 1997 and now with that passage of time, people may feel more comfortable sharing information with us.”

An Garda Síochána are again appealing to anyone who may be in a position to assist with progressing the following

  • At approximately 8.30pm on the N17 close to Tinkers Lane a woman with blonder hair was seen walking in the direction of Galway against oncoming traffic.  She was at the hard shoulder and appeared in a distracted state. This woman has never been identified.
  • At 8.45pm a motorist observed Eileen’s taxi a silver Toyota Carina registration number 97G6663 driving erratically on the N17 towards Galway city.  As the cars approached Leaders shop the motorist overtook the taxi and saw a man with a beard driving it.  The taxi turned left in Lydon house bakery. This man has never been identified.
  • At approximately 9pm a man was seen jumping down from a wall close to Lydon house bakery and walking in the direction of Galway.  He was wearing a green jacket and carrying a small canvass bag.  This man has never been identified
  • Finally a small red car was seen at 2am at Tinkers lane where Eileen’s body was found.  The car had reversed up the laneway and had the parking lights on.  The occupants of this car have never been identified.

"Anyone with information is encouraged to contact An Garda Síochána in Oranmore on 091-388030 or alternatively you can contact your local Garda station,” Detective Superintendent Cummins said.