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Tributes paid to 31-year-old homeless woman found dead in derelict building in Limerick city

Louise “BuBu” Casey, was discovered under the staircase of a derelict building this morning.

Image: Catherine St via Google Maps

TRIBUTES HAVE POURED in for a woman found dead in tragic circumstances in Limerick today.

The deceased, named locally as, Louise “BuBu” Casey, was discovered at a derelict building, Catherine Street, around 11.50am.

Gardai said Casey was discovered under a stairway at the building, where it’s believed she had taken shelter from the inclement weather.

Gardai said they “do not suspect foul play” in Ms Casey’s death.

Father of two, Joe Lynch, a friend of Casey’s, described her as “a caring person with a heart of gold”.

Casey, who celebrated her 31st birthday a few weeks ago, had used sheltered accommodation services in Limerick. Paying tribute, Lynch, who has been homeless for the past few months, said:

BuBu was homeless for the past few years. We used to go to the soup run at 7pm every evening, and we’d go to Mallow Street Hall on a Sunday for dinner.

“The last time I saw BuBu was at Mallow Street Hall for dinner and then on Sunday night at the soup run.”

She had lots of friends. All the homeless people stick together. We don’t choose this life.

“Someone found her and I heard it in town and I asked the gardaí. They said it was her but they weren’t giving much information away really. She was still in that squat alongside the Citizens Advice Bureau. It’s a dirty old place. She often went there.”

Lynch added: “She liked mostly to be on her own. She liked to live quietly.”

BuBu cared. She had a heart of gold. The homeless services gave her a blue tracksuit a lovely scarf and a hat last Sunday night. She was delighted.

“I’ll miss her.”

Mr Lynch, 55, added: “I had another friend ‘BaBa’ who died a few weeks ago. Everybody in Limerick loved him.”

Superintendent Derek Smart said a post mortem would be carried out on Ms Casey’s body by a local pathologist to determine the cause of her death.

“At this stage there is nothing to suggest foul play,” Superintendent Smart said.

A member of the local services which provides support to the homeless community also paid tribute to Ms Casey: “She was a quiet, pleasant lady; a gentle kind of girl. She celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago. She was a nice person.”

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