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Appeal for Information – Murder Investigation into death of Baby Noleen Murphy, 1973

Gardaí have today issued an appeal for information from the public in relation to the murder of Baby Noleen Murphy, whose body was discovered in Dun Laoghaire on 4 April 1973. 

At 6.45pm on 4 April 1973 the body of a full-term baby girl was discovered in the car park of what was then the premises of Lee’s Furniture Shop. This business has since ceased operating but the car park remains between Northumberland Avenue and Anglesea Lane (parallel to George’s Street) in Dun Laoghaire town centre. 

Following the completion of a state post-mortem, Gardaí attached to Dun Laoghaire Garda Station commenced a murder investigation.  It is believed that Baby Noleen died within 24 hours of being born.  This investigation remains live. 

In 2007 an inquest into the death of Baby Noleen Murphy was conducted by Dublin County Coroner’s Court, which formally identified Cynthia Owens (nee Murphy) as her mother. 

This incident has been the subject of a sustained Garda investigation, including a full review by the Serious Crime Review Team, Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and at this point, all available lines of inquiry have now been exhausted. 

No person has been brought to justice for the murder of Baby Noleen Murphy, at this time.


  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to the murder of Baby Noleen Murphy to come forward. 
  • Gardaí continue to appeal to any person who may have previously come forward who felt they could not provide Gardaí with all the information they had in relation to this matter, to contact the investigation team again. 
  • At the time of Baby Noleen’s death, Cynthia Owens’ family home was at White’s Villas in Dalkey.  
  • Gardaí continue to appeal to any person who was residing there, or the surrounding areas, at the time of this incident who may still have information to contact Gardaí. 
  • Anyone with information which will assist in this investigation should contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station on 01 666 5000; anyone who wishes to provide information confidentially should contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Gardaí at Dun Laoghaire are investigating tel: (01) 666 5000

Murder Investigation into death of Baby Noleen Murphy, 1973