Clay angels in memory of Karen Buckley to feature in Limerick exhibition

Clay angels made in memory of murdered Irish nurse Karen Buckley will go on display as part of an exhibition at a library in Limerick next month.

Clay angels in memory of Karen Buckley to feature in Limerick exhibition

Karen Buckley, a qualified nurse from Mourneabbey, Co Cork went missing following a night out at the Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow’s West End on April 11. Her body was discovered four days later.

The Angels for Karen exhibition will be launched at Killmallock Library as part of an international campaign, 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women.

Members of Killmallock Women’s Group decided to make the angels as a show of support to member Eileen Hurley, who is an aunt of the deceased. Karen’s death sent shockwaves through the community of Mournabbey, Co Cork.

The alarm was raised on April 11 after Ms Buckley failed to return to her friends at a nightclub in Glasgow having told them that she was going to use the rest room facilities.

Ms Buckley, 24, was seen on CCTV leaving the club with Alexander Pacteau, and police later traced the courier firm director to his apartment. Her body was found four days after her disappearance by police at a farm on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Ms Buckley was repeatedly hit on the head with a heavy object. Mr Pacteau then attempted to dispose of her body in a plastic barrel filled with caustic chemicals.

Pacteau was jailed for a minimum of 23 years for her murder.

The three judges of the Court of Criminal Appeal, which sits in Edinburgh, will hear Pacteau’s appeal against the severity of the sentence on December 4.

Ms Buckley was a huge GAA fan and played as a teenager with Mourneabbey Ladies Football Club.

Following her death, two books of condolences were set up at the Cork County Council headquarters in Mallow and at the Hibernian Hotel in the town where she worked as a teenager.

The exhibition will open on December 9 in Killmallock Library.

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