Gardaí questions man (50s) about murder of Kerry grandma Miriam Burns (75)

Gardaí in Co Kerry have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Miriam Burns, who was found dead at her home on August 15.

s Burns (75) was a mother of four and lived in Killarney.

Her body was discovered in her living room and there was evidence that she had been attacked and strangled.

Mrs. Burns was known as “Killarney’s smiling lady” and was known locally for her kindness and generosity.

Gardaí have confirmed that a man has been arrested in connection with the fatal attack and is being held at a Garda station in Co Cork.

“Gardaí, investigating the discovery on Monday 15th August 2022 of a body of a woman (aged over 70 years old) in suspicious circumstances in Killarney, County Kerry, this morning, Wednesday 8th February 2023, received a Man arrested,” said a spokesman for the Garda.

“The man (in his 50s) is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a Garda station in Cork city.

“The investigation is ongoing.”

Ms Burns was spotted at lunchtime when a relative who lives abroad became concerned after being unable to reach her.

The man called a neighbor from Ardshanavooly and went to see her with another neighbor to inquire about her well-being.

Both were shocked to see the grandmother lying lifeless in the living room and they immediately left the property and contacted the Gardaí.

The death was immediately treated as suspicious given Ms Burns’ visible injuries.

Gardaí sealed the property and Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster performed an autopsy at Kerry University Hospital (UHK) in Tralee.

Shortly after the post-mortem was completed, Gardaí confirmed that Ms Burns’ death was being treated as a homicide.

Mrs. Burns was known for her kindness and generosity.

There were no signs of a disturbance inside the home related to a burglary.

The pensioner had apparently tried to defend herself against her attacker with signs of struggle in the room.

However, she died from a violent attack in which she was both beaten and strangled.

Ms Burns was found lying on her side with blood stains around her face and mouth.

The last reported sighting of Ms Burns – who was known in Killarney for cycling to events – was on the afternoon of August 12 last year.

Hundreds attended Ms Burns’ funeral service at St Mary’s Cathedral on August 21 as a mark of respect from the Killarney community for her. Gardaí questions man (50s) about murder of Kerry grandma Miriam Burns (75)

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