Man arrested on suspicion of murder Miriam Burns, 75, is released without charge

A MAN arrested and questioned by Gardai on suspicion of the murder of grandmother and mother of four Miriam Burns, 75, has been released without charge.

The man, in his 50s and known to the deceased, was questioned for three days in connection with the killing of the woman hailed as “Killarney’s smiling lady”.

Gardai will now prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the matter.

Investigators launched a murder investigation into the death of the kind-hearted grandmother on Tuesday evening.

Detectives arrested a man in his 50s within an hour of confirming the murder investigation.

The man, who was arrested in the South Kerry area, was taken to Killarney Garda Station where he was being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which allowed him to be questioned for up to 24 hours.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Killarney’s defense attorney Padraig O’Connell visited Garda Station and is acting on the person’s behalf.

The man was medically examined and had taken both meal and rest breaks for the past three days.

He was questioned all Wednesday and Thursday.

His term expired at noon and Gardai released him without charge.

However, the man is linked to Gardai on a separate and entirely unrelated matter.

The man was taken by Gardai on Wednesday to two locations in Killarney being raided by forensic experts as part of their investigation.

Uniformed officers and detectives began a detailed search of an area around the old wishing well Wednesday morning.

A second site near Ross Castle was also investigated.

A source said the main objective of the search was to recover clothing and materials that could possibly be linked to the murder.

A senior source said the investigation into Ms Burns’ murder is now at a very advanced stage.

“Forensic findings will be absolutely critical in this investigation,” the source said.

Gardai believe the grandmother was fatally assaulted at her home sometime between Friday and Monday.

Detectives fear she was brutally beaten to death at her home and had been dead for some time when she was discovered Monday lunchtime.

They are investigating whether Ms Burns was the target of threatening behavior some time ago and whether it may have been related to the circumstances of her death.

Gardaí refused to release the results of an autopsy for operational reasons – but confirmed they are now treating the pensioner’s death as a homicide.

“On Tuesday at University Hospital Kerry (UHK), State Pathologist Dr. Margot Bolster performed an autopsy, the results of which will not be published for operational reasons,” said a Garda spokesman.

“An interim room was set up at Killarney Garda Station and a murder investigation was launched under the direction of a senior investigating officer.

“A family liaison officer has been appointed and continues to keep the family informed of the investigation.

“Gardaí is appealing to all those who were in the Ardshanavooly area of ​​Killarney between 5pm Friday (12th August) and 1pm Monday (15th August) and observed activity that drew their attention have taken it upon themselves to report.”

Neighbors had called the house after one of Ms Burns’ children, who lives abroad, was deeply concerned at not being able to reach her.

They were horrified when they discovered the pensioner lifeless in the living room – and in shock at the visible injuries she had suffered, they immediately called Gardaí.

Garda sources said they were immediately suspicious of the nature of Ms Burns’ injuries and whether they could have been sustained in an accidental fall.

The pensioner was spotted with dried blood visible around her head and face.

It is believed that she was the victim of a brutal attack.
Investigators are trying to confirm the woman’s last known movements.
Local sources said Ms Burns, who has been very active in a number of groups in Killarney, has not been seen at the scene since last Friday night.
There was no sign of forced entry into the townhouse.
House-to-house surveys were conducted in what is described by locals as a very quiet residential part of Killarney.
CCTV surveillance camera footage from the area, which is close to a Tesco mall and a McDonald’s outlet, is expected to prove crucial to the investigation.
The pensioner has lived in the Ardshanavooly area for most of her adult life but is said to be originally from Milltown.
She comes from a large and well respected family in South Kerry.
Mrs. Burns was known as an avid gardener and for the stunning roses she grew.
Councilor Donal Grady, who lives in Ardshanavooly, paid tribute to Miriam Burns, whom he knew personally and described as a wonderful mother and grandmother.
“The smiling lady is gone,” he said.
“This is a great loss for Killarney. She had a kind word for everyone. She had a smile for everyone – but now that smile is gone.
“This is a very narrow city. Everyone here knows everyone and their loss will be deeply felt.”
Ms Burns had lived on the old housing estate since the 1970s and was known for her involvement in community groups and her fondness for cycling to destinations around Killarney.
Neighbors said they saw Ms Burns on her bike almost every day around the property and in the town centre.
Her neighbor Ann Cronin said it was “a desperate tragedy” for the Killarney estate, family and the entire community.
“She really was a lovely person. She was very good to her family, friends and neighbors. To be honest, everyone is desperate.”
Neighbor Paul O’Shea fought back tears at the news of her death.
“It’s awful, really awful. She was a lovely, lovely woman. She had a kind word for everyone she met. It (the tragedy) hurts.”
Tom Wharton, who lived in Ardshanavooly for seven years, said Mrs Burns always had a cheerful wave and a warm smile for the neighbours.
“It’s such a sad, sad story. It’s a desperate thing to happen, especially to such a nice woman.”
Councilor Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan said it was a desperately sad day for Killarney.
“She was a very elegant lady and a kind person.”
“Miriam has a large extended family in Killarney and they really are fabulous people. They are well known and highly respected in the city. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
“This has impacted every part of Killarney. Miriam was a lovely woman and you would see her up and down town on her bike. She was a fabulous woman who was always smiling and giving a warm wave to everyone she met. She loved talking to people and she chatted all day.”
Ardshanavooly is a popular residential area within walking distance of Killarney town center and popular local amenities such as the Killarney Outlet Centre.
Ms Burns has four children, some of whom now live abroad. She also comes from a large South Kerry family.
She loved to travel and regularly visited European cities, often traveling to meet some of her children. Man arrested on suspicion of murder Miriam Burns, 75, is released without charge

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