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Murder of Marie Tierney on the 22/10/84

Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating the murder of thirty-four-year-old mother of two, Marie Tierney who was reported missing on 22nd October 1984.

The Tierney family car was seen on Sunday 21st October at Newpark Fen at approximately 11pm. A technical examination of the car was conducted. Gardaí launched a search in the area assisted by the local community and Marie’s family.

Maria’s body was discovered two months later on 21st December in a ditch at Bleach Road, Kilkenny, just 3.5km from where the family car was located. She had been strangled.

An extensive investigation was launched and continues today, Marie’s family appeal for information and assistance from the public on Crimecall.


• A man was seen cycling away from the Tierney family car on the night of the 21st October in the direction of the Castlecomer Road. This man was described as in his thirties, wearing a peaked cap and an overcoat. He has never been identified.

• Two men were seen on the Bleach Road standing beside a car with the boot open. One of the men was standing at the front of the car, he is described as wearing a peaked cap and an overcoat. The second man was seen standing at the back of the car. These men have never been identified.

• Gardaí were appealing to anyone who has information in relation to the murder of Marie who were not in a position to come forward at the time, to do so now and that they will be treated sensitively.

Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating          tel: (056) 777 5000