A funeral was held today for a former music teacher who was severely assaulted hours before her death.
Ouise Muckell, 50, of Rathkeale, Co Limerick, was remembered by her loving family at a funeral service at St Mary’s Church in the town of West Co Limerick.
A large crowd paid their respects to the accomplished singer and pianist, who trained with the late Dublin soprano and opera star Veronica Dunne.
Gifts of flowers from family members, including a wreath that read “Auntie,” accompanied her coffin as it was driven by a black hearse from the church to an undisclosed location for a private funeral.
The crowd heard Muckell was survived by her heartbroken family, including her sister, brothers, nephews, nieces and siblings-in-law.
Family members had asked that all donations from mourners would go to Deel Animal Rescue “because of their love for animals”.
Gardaí asked for information after Ms Muckell was found at her home on the Cois Deel estate in Rathkeale with “serious injuries” around 8.30pm on Tuesday 19 July and she died at Limerick University Hospital on 20 July.
State pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster performed an autopsy on the body, but Gardaí have not released the autopsy results.
Gardaí said they were responding to an incident “that occurred in the Windmill Street area of Limerick earlier in the evening of July 19” and that their “enquiries indicate that the deceased died on the day or days before may have visited a Windmill Street flat where she was discovered with serious injuries on July 19, 2022.”
Ms Muckell previously taught music at the former Sisters of Mercy Convent secondary school in Rathkeale and led a local youth choir in community games competitions.
Gardaí suspect that people known to Ms. Muckell may have important information about her recent movements.
Investigators believe she was driven 30km from her home in Rathkeale to Limerick City, where she was attacked in the Windmill Street area before being driven back to her home with serious injuries.
Gardaí are also examining hours of video footage from surveillance cameras in Rathkeale and Limerick City to try to piece together Ms Muckell’s recent movements and see if she was in the company of others during these critical times.
Gardaí have said they particularly want to speak to people “who were in the Windmill Street area of Limerick City or the Cois Deel area of Rathkeale between Sunday 17 July 2022 and Tuesday 19 July 2022 and observed activities that attracted their attention”.
Gardaí have also requested that those with “camera footage (including dash cam and CCTV) from both areas between these dates provide that footage”.
https://www.independent.ie/news/funeral-held-for-former-music-teacher-louise-muckell-who-gardai-suspect-was-seriously-assaulted-before-her-death-41874973.html Funeral for former music teacher Louise Muckell, who was severely assaulted before her death, according to Garda