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Shocked neighbours pay tribute to tragic Ardshanavooley woman

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By Sean Moriarty

Shocked neighbours have this morning paid tribute to their neighbour who was found dead in her home yesterday afternoon (Monday) in unexplained circumstances.

MEDIA: Cllr Donal Grady speaks to RTE News this morning (Tuesday).

SHOCK: Neighbours and brothers Donal and Sean Grady have expressed shock at the news.

ATTENTION: RTÉ and Virgin Media cameramen filming Garda forensic officers entering the home of Miriam Burns this morning (Tuesday).

The body of Miriam Burns - described as "such a lovely bubbly person" - was discovered at her home in Ardshanavooley at around lunchtime.

A technical examination of the scene was carried out by Garda Forensic experts and Mrs Burns remains were later brought to University Hospital Kerry (UHK) where the cause of death is expected to be determined. The State Pathologist’s Office was also informed.

A second team of Garda Forensic Officers arrived at the scene shortly before 10am this morning (Tuesday) and Killarney Gardai have also started door-to-door enquires in the estate.

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a family member in Australia was trying to make contact with Miriam and when they were unable to get a response they alerted a neighbour who made the discovery.

The devastating news sent shockwaves through the quiet estate, the whole town and beyond. Miriam was a familiar face in Killarney as she cycled everywhere on her daily rounds.

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Former mayor Sean Grady paid tribute to his neighbour.

“We are in total shock that such a vibrant woman has been taken from us,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “She was such a gracious lady and the whole community extends its dearest sympathies to her family and all associated with her. This cloud won't lift over Killarney for a very long time.”

His brother Donal was one of the first people to move into the Ardshanavooley estate in 1972.

“She is here since 1973 or 1974,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “Miriam will be sorely missed, a lady who was smiling the whole time, she was everybody’s friend. She looked after everyone and if they were having a bad day she would cheer them up."

One neighbour who did not wish to be named said: “She was a lady, a lovely sociable person, a very good neighbour, private in her own way but a very good person. It is a huge shock, such an outgoing person, she was always dressed well, and off around town on her bicycle. We don’t need this – it is very sad.”

Another neighbour added: “It is an awful shock, she was such a lovely bubbly person. This is very hard for the neighbourhood.”

The incident has also attracted widespread media attention, with RTÉ, Virgin Media and the Irish Independent on the scene.

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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