Kilkenny exhumation: Family of murdered Marie Tierney to meet with gardaí

Mary Cody

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Marie's family plead to killer: 'Give yourself up'

Breda Fay and John Bourke are looking for justice for their sister, Marie

The family of murdered mother Marie Tierney are on their way to meet with gardaí following the exhumation of her remains earlier today.

Her brother, John Bourke said that 'everything has to be done' and that 'there is no turning back' in the hunt for his sister's killer.

Gardaí, along with a family liaison officer will meet Ms Tierney's siblings this afternoon to brief them on the progress of their investigation.

Ms Tierney's remains have been brought to the mortuary at Waterford Regional Hospital where they will be examined and she will be re-interred at the graveyard in Conahy later today.

Marie Tierney was reported missing by her husband Jim on October 22, 1984. He told gardaí that she left her home at Clinstown, Jenkinstown at approximately 10.30pm on October 21, 1984 in the family car, a Renault 18. The car was located at Newpark Fen the following day.

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. She had been violently strangled.

Marie’s siblings, Breda Fay and John Bourke have pleaded with her murderer ‘to do the right thing’ and ‘hand yourself in’.

“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,” they said.

Marie's remains were re-interred yesterday evening and a simple prayer service took place at her grave, attended by family members and gardaí.

Anyone with information can contact Kilkenny Garda station on (056) 7775000 or the Garda Confidential Line, tel 1800-666111.