Gardaí arrest man, 50s, in connection with murder of woman in Killarney 

Miriam Burns, 75, was found dead in her home in Ardshanavooley, Killarney, on Monday 
Gardaí arrest man, 50s, in connection with murder of woman in Killarney 

The body of Miriam Burns was discovered at her house in Killarney

A man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Killarney, Co Kerry, on Monday. 

The man is currently being detained at Killarney Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Miriam Burns, 75, was found dead in her home in Ardshanavooley, Killarney, Co Kerry, at approximately 1.15pm on Monday.

A post mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday at University Hospital Kerry by State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster. Gardaí said the results of the post mortem are not being released for operational reasons.

"An incident room has been established at Killarney Garda Station and a murder investigation has commenced under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer," said a garda spokesperson. 

It was added that a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed and continues to keep the family informed of the investigation.

The scene at the residence at Ardshanavooley remains preserved at this time.

Gardaí are appealing to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area of Killarney between 5pm on Friday, August 12, and 1pm on Monday, August 15, 2022, and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

 Gardai conduct house to house enquiries near the home of Miriam Burns in Ard Shanavooly Estate Killarney on Tuesday.
 Gardai conduct house to house enquiries near the home of Miriam Burns in Ard Shanavooly Estate Killarney on Tuesday.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

Tributes have been paid to the 75-year-old with local councillor Niall O’Callaghan saying: "She was a fabulous lady. She would talk to anyone and she would talk all day”. 

“It is very sad for the people of Ardshanavooley. It is very sad for the family,” Mr O’Callaghan added.

Killarney councillor Donal Grady has described Ms Burns as “a lovely, bubbly woman who was everyone’s friend.”

Ms Burns is survived by two sons and two daughters. It is understood she had not been seen since Friday evening.

She was found in a room in her house in circumstances that raised concern and the scene was sealed off.

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