Breda Fay and John Bourke are looking for justice for their sister, Marie
The family of a murdered woman are pleading with her killer to ‘do the right thing’ and ‘hand yourself in’.
Mother-of-two Marie Tierney was violently strangled and her remains dumped in a ditch on the side of the road.
For over three decades her heartbroken family have lived in the horror that her killer has not been brought to justice.
Her only surviving siblings, John and Breda, are appealing to her killer to come forward and bring some closure to Marie’s family.
John remembers his sister as being ‘an easygoing child’.
“There were only 11 months between us. She was calm and gentle - nothing would bother her,” he said.
Marie’s sister Breda also recalls their childhood growing up in Nenagh in Co Tipperary.
“She was a very happy child - she was light-hearted, she would float around the place - she was always so laid back and relaxed,” she said.
At the tender age of 16 Marie met a local man, Jimmy Tierney, whom she subsequently married.
“She married her first and only boyfriend. They lived locally for five or so years, a couple of miles away from where we grew up. Then her family home burned down and they moved to Kilkenny and built a shop and filling station in Jenkinstown.
“That was 1982 and at the time Jimmy was working in Silvermines. Marie changed a bit, she was very nervy in herself,” said her brother John.
“At the time I put it down to post natal stress and she was left on her own a lot with two young children,” added her sister, Breda.
In the months leading up to her murder Marie had learned to drive and in doing so had gained some independence. She adored her children and was a devoted and caring mother and a wonderful homemaker.
“She has four lovely grandchildren that she never got to meet. She was robbed of her life.
“We strongly believe that her murderer is alive. You know who you are and we are asking you to please come forward.
“Hand yourself in for the sake of her children, her grandchildren and all her family. We need justice for Marie - she would be 67 now if she was alive.
“It has destroyed all our lives - her parents never moved out of the house after her murder. They died not seeing justice done for their daughter.
“There was no motive and whoever did this had no conscience as they put her in a dyke and camouflaged her body and allowed it to decompose - that was so difficult to deal with. We need this case solved for all of her family,” added her older sister, Breda.
Marie Tierney was reported missing by her husband Jim on October 22, 1984. 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.
Gardaí in Kilkenny are continuing their investigations.
Anyone with information can contact Kilkenny Garda station, tel 056-7775000 or the Garda Confidential Line, tel 1800-666111.