Murdered: Marie Tierney
The family of murdered mother-of-two Marie Tierney have made an impassioned appeal for her killer to ‘do the right thing’ and come forward.
Marie Tierney was reported missing by her husband Jim on October 22, 1984. He told gardaí that she had left the home at Clinstown, Jenkinstown at approximately 10.30pm on October 21 in the family car.
A number of searches were carried out by gardaí and Marie Tierney's family and friends at the time of her disappearance. On December 21, 1984 her body was located in a ditch by a male out walking on the Bleach Road on the outskirts of Kilkenny City.
“My sister was violently murdered 33 years ago …and her body was found eight weeks later in a ditch,” Breda said.
She described her sister as “devoted to her children” and said that “there’s no such thing as a perfect parent but she was as close as you could get”.
Breda added that the two-month search for Marie put a massive ‘strain' on the family.
“It was a nightmare. One day you would say she’s alive and the next day you’re distraught again… you know she’s not,” Breda said.
“What happened to her, to be thrown in a dyke, for her life to end up that way, you wouldn’t do it to an animal,” said her brother. John.
Marie’s sister-in-law Brigid has made a heartfelt appeal for information about her death.
“Somebody out there knows what happened that night. Come forward and say it now. It’s never too late to do the right thing,” Brigid said.
“Please come and help us even now after 33 years,” added her heartbroken sister, Breda.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 18004050 60, or Kilkenny Garda Station on 056 777 5000.