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Gardai appeal for vital information to help solve murder case

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney Gardai investigating the horrendous murder of Miriam Burns (née Kelliher) at her home in Ardshanavooley say they are totally committed to finding justice for her family.

SCENE: Garda Forensic Officers pictured outside the home of Miriam Burns in Ardshanavooley on Tuesday morning.

The 75-year-old mother of four and grandmother and was found dead at her home lunchtime on Monday by neighbours after her son Shane in Australia failed to make contact with her.

The devastating news sent shockwaves through the quiet estate, the whole town and beyond.

Garda Forensic Officers conducted a technical examination on Monday evening and again on Tuesday morning, while searches also took place along the Ross Road area.

A post-mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday afternoon at University Hospital Kerry by State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster, the results of which were not released for operational reasons but Gardaí launched a murder investigation and shortly after a man in his 50s was arrested.

However, yesterday afternoon (Thursday) he was released from Garda custody without charge. A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The scene is still preserved and subject to an extensive investigation including the examination of CCTV footage in the area.

Now Gardai are appealing to members of the public who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm lunchtime Monday to come forward.

"Firstly An Garda Síochána would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Miriam Burns," Superintendent Flor Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser.

He said the public are “the eyes and ears of the community” and is calling on them to come forward no matter how relevant they feel the information is.

"We thank the public for their assistance to date. We’re appealing very strongly to the public for their assistance. We want people who saw anything unusual or suspicious in the area whether it’s pedestrians, cars, or people on push bikes to get in touch. It’s probably one of the most extensive investigations conducted in Kerry in recent times. Our investigation is progressing and is totally committed to finding justice."

The investigation is "fully resourced" and that “will remain the case”, he added.

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.

Mrs Burns funeral will take place on Sunday arriving at St Mary's Cathedral at 2.15pm for service at 4pm, followed by private cremation.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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