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Marie Tierney Garda Press Office
Marie Tierney

Gardaí appeal for information into 1984 murder of mother-of-two

To date, over 500 lines of investigative enquiry have been opened and over 200 witness statements have been recorded.

GARDAÍ FROM KILKENNY Garda Station are continuing an appeal for information about the murder of a 34-year-old mother of two 33 years ago.

Marie Tierney was fatally injured on a date unknown between 21 October 1984 to 21 December 1984.

Marie Tierney lived with husband and two children (who were 12 and 13 at the time) at Clintstown, Co Kilkenny where they ran a grocery store and petrol station.

Marie was reported missing on 22 October 1984 by her husband. She had left their house the evening before at around 10.30pm in the family car, a Renault 18 Estate Registration number 35-HIP and had not returned.

Investigation by local gardaí located the Tierney’s family car at Newpark Fenn, Kilkenny later that day. Statements from a number of witnesses put the car abandoned in Newpark at around 11pm on 21 October.

A number of searches were conducted by gardaí and members of Marie Tierney’s family and friends but Marie could not be located. On 21 December 1984 the body of Marie Tierney was located in a ditch by a man out walking on the Bleach Road, Kilkenny.

A post-mortem examination was conducted and a murder investigation commenced.

To date, over 500 lines of investigative enquiry have been opened and over 200 witness statements have been recorded.

Gardaí say the murder investigation is “still very much ongoing and will remain so”. However, there have been no arrests to date.

Gardaí will be speaking to everyone who made statements in relation to the investigation and are appealing to any person who may have information into the death of Marie to come forward.


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A number of persons previously came forwarded to Gardaí who had observed the Tierney family car parked at Newpark Fenn, Kilkenny on 21 October 1984. Gardaí are again appealing for these people, or anyone who saw the car, to come forward.

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.

Gardaí are also appealing to any member of the public who may have seen anyone walking or cycling or any vehicles including the Renault 18 35-HIP on or near the Bleach Road, Kilkenny.

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

With the passage of time, relationships may have changed or circumstances may have changed which may enable persons to come forward with information to gardaí that they may not have done previously. Time may have given context to something they felt was unimportant at the time but may be of assistance to the investigation.

“We have previously had great assistance from the public in Kilkenny in relation to similar serious crimes.

“We wish to thank the community at large and the media for their assistance then and we again seek their help in this case. Whilst over 30 years have elapsed there may be people who have information who for whatever reason have not come forward yet.

“We would ask those people to please make contact with An Garda Siochana in Kilkenny on 0567775000 or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800666111.”

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