• A 32 year old man is due in court this morning in connection with the murder of a woman in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on Tuesday, just two days after she was reported missing.


    The mother of three had been missing from her home at Crozon Park since early on Sunday morning.

    Originally from Poland - the 30 year old been living in the town for a number of years.

    Natalia's body was discovered in the Holywell area on Tuesday however Gardaí aren't saying how she died for operational reasons.

    A 32-year-old man was last night charged in connection with her murder.

    He's due to appear before Sligo District Court this morning.

  • A psychiatric evaluation has been sought for the man charged yesterday with the murder of his wife in Westport.

    46-year-old James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court yesterday, charged with the murder of 41-year old, mother of three, Valerie French Kilroy.

    Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied for a remand in custody to Harristown (Castlerea Prison) court on Friday next (June 21).

    Gary Mulchrone, solicitor for James Kilroy, said there were serious concerns about the mental health of his client, concerns that had become apparent since his detention.

    Mr. Mulchrone said his client was in immediate need of medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation.

    Remanding the accused in custody, Judge Lydon recommended the medical attention sought by Mr. Mulchrone as well as an independent pyschiatric assessment in due course.

    Free legal aid was also granted on the application of Mr. Mulchrone.

    The murder victim sustained fatal wounds in the attack.

    Her three children were in the house at the time but were unharmed.

    Her funeral arrangements are not yet available.

  • The brother of a woman found dead in her home in Westport last week, asked the congregation at her funeral service yesterday to pray for her family.

    According to today’s Irish Independent, David French told mourners that mother of three Valerie French-Kilroy (41) was "an immensely caring and loving person" who had devoted her life as an occupational therapist to helping others.

    The mother of three young sons was found dead at her Islandeady home last Friday and a post mortem examination indicated she had met a violent death.

    Her husband, James Kilroy, was charged last Sunday before Castlebar District Court with the murder of his wife on June 14 and he is due before Harristown court later today.

    Hundreds attended the funeral service at St Fachtna's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Rosscarbery, west Cork.

    Mrs French-Kilroy is survived by her three sons Oscar, Axel and Zak.

    The service was led by the Dean of Ross Rev Christopher Peters and the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Dr Paul Colton.

    Dean Peters had celebrated Valerie's wedding ceremony in St Fachtna's in 2008. David French paid an emotional tribute to his sister - and asked everyone to remember that her "three young sons are almost unaware of the catastrophe that has unfolded around them."

    "We are here to celebrate Valerie’s wonderful life not to remember the horrific circumstances of her death. The name Valerie means strong and valiant," he said.

    Mr French  said his sister, throughout her life and career, never lost her warm laugh, the sense of fun she inherited from her adored father and her compassion for others.

    "She had an immense capacity for work and a deep connection with people across the community wherever she was. Valerie could also be very serious but only when necessary," he said.

    His sister adored music, festivals, art, craft, storytelling, nature, gardening but above all her family and children.

    He asked mourners to remember his sister's three young sons.

    "Above all else please pray for the future of Valerie’s three sons," he said.

    Mr French concluded with a moving tribute to the Gardaí, Health Service Executive (HSE) and Tusla as well as all those who had supported his family over the past week.

    "As a close family friend often says: We are only put here to help each other. Valerie was put here to help us," he said.

    Dean Peters said anyone who met Valerie remembered her by her ready smile and warm laughter.

    "She was someone at ease in and with herself happy to be a bit different and to do things differently," he said.

    "It is the precious memories of her life which must always define our memories of Valerie and her marriage to James and not the tragic and awful event of this last week."

    A special statement had been issued by the family via the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross Dr Paul Colton thanking everyone for the immense outpouring of support the family had received since the tragedy last Friday.


  • The funeral will take place in Cork later this week of Valerie Kilroy, nee French, who was found dead at her home in Westport last Friday.

    The body of the 41-year old mother-of-three was discovered by Gardai at her home in Kilbree, Westport and her husband James has since been charged with her murder.

    Mr Kilroy was brought before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court on Sunday and was remanded in custody to Harristown Court in Castlerea next Friday.

    Valerie French Kilroy ,a HSE occupational therapist, was formerly from Leap, Co Cork.

    Her Funeral Service will take place in St Fachtna's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Rosscarberry, Co Cork on Thursday at 2.30pm, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

    She's survived by her husband and three children, her mother, brother, three sisters, and extended family.


  • Gardaí are now treating the death of a 30-year old woman in Sligo as murder.

    The body of Natalia Karaczyn was discovered on the outskirts of the town yesterday morning.

    The mother of three had been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo since early on Sunday morning - with family members raising serious concerns for her welfare.

    Natalia's body was discovered in the Holywell area yesterday morning and was formally identified following a postmortem last night.

    Gardaí are not releasing the details of how she died for operational reasons.

    A 32-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation remains in custody at Ballymote Garda Station.


  • A 32 year old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife in Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn's body was discovered on the outskirts of the town on Tuesday.


    The mother of three who was originally from Poland had been missing since early on Sunday morning.

    The 30 year old's body was discovered in the Holywell Road area two days later.

    Today her husband 32-year-old Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park in Sligo appeared in court charged with her murder.

    Dressed in a red hoodie he sat with his head in his hands and was visibly upset throughout the hearing, and was comforted by members of Natalia's family.

    Sergeant Cathal Duffy told the court that the accused made no reply when he was arrested, charged and cautioned at Ballymote Garda Station shortly before 8 o'clock last night.

    His barrister asked that he be put on suicide watch while in custody, and the court heard this application was supported by the family of the deceased.

    Judge Kevin Kilraine agreed and also granted him free legal aid.

    He was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow.

  • The man charged with the murder of Detective Garda Horkan in Castlerea in June, has again failed to appear by video link in court today.

    Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, is charged with the murder of Charlestown native Det. Garda Horkan on June 17.

    Further details of the extent of the murder investigation were outlined at Harristown District Court in Castlrea this morning when a defence solicitor questioned the length of time it was taking for the file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Solicitor Martina Moran, who is representing Stephen Silver, asked for progress to be made on the matter.

    The 44-year old was due to appear before Harristown District Court by video-link from the Central Mental Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

    Ms. Moran said that the Central Mental Hospital had arranged video-link facilities but the court was told that a sick note had been received this morning and that Silver would not be appearing.

    It is the seventh time Silver has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon said that the file is with the State solicitor in Roscommon and is due to be sent to the DPP but Ms. Moran said they expected more progress would have been made at this stage.

    In response, Sgt. Mahon said that it was a ‘complex’ investigation with numerous lines of enquiry.

    “There are over 350 house-to-house enquiries have been carried out, approximately 70 CCTV footage exhibits had to be explored, in excess of 200 written statements compiled,” he said.

    A previous court sitting heard that the investigation included over 250 exhibits and the content of ten electronic devices, while Gardai also spoke to a person in Australia as part of their enquiries.

    Judge James Faughnan remanded Stephen Silver in custody to appear before Harristown District Court by video-link on October 2 and asked that a progress report be made at the next sitting in two weeks.


  • A man accused of killing a retired civil servant - who was found bound, gagged and stabbed to death in her home in London  - has denied her murder.

    55-year old Catherine Burke, who was originally from Co Galway, was found dead at her north London home after police forced entry to the property shortly after 7pm on 16 November 2017, amid concerns about her welfare.

    Ms Burke, a mother of one, had lived at the property in  Muswell Hill, north London, for around 20 years.

    The Irish Independent reports that Scotland Yard launched a murder investigation after a post-mortem revealed she died from stab injuries.

    32-year old Kasim Lewis of no fixed address appeared in court yesterday via video link from prison.

    He spoke only to confirm his identity and enter a not guilty plea to the charge of murder, said to have been committed between November 14 and 17 2017.

    The accused was remanded in custody ahead of his trial which will get underway on July 15.



  • A man in his 60s has appeared before Galway District Court charged with the murder of 38-year-old man in Mervue last year.

    Noel Lenihan of Cardinal Cushing Road in Mervue was arrested at his home this morning.

    He was taken to Galway Garda Station where he was charged with the murder of Christopher McGrath.

    Mr McGrath was originally from Ros Muc and was well known in athletic circles.

    The alleged incident took place at the home of the accused in the early hours of 12 March, 2017.

    On hearing he was an old-age pensioner, Judge Mary Fahy granted the accused free legal aid.

    She said that, due to the seriousness of the charge, bail could not be granted in the district court.

    Judge Fahy remanded Mr Lenihan in custody to appear at Galway District Court by video link from Castlerea Prison next Monday.


  • Two people have been arrested by the PSNI for the murder of  a Sligo man.

    The body of 30-year old Pat Ward was discovered on Saturday morning in an alleyway at McCrea Park, Clogher in Co Tyrone.

    Mr Ward, a member of the travelling community, was originally from Co Sligo and had been living in the Clogher area in recent times.

    The PSNI confirmed that a murder investigation is underway into the discovery of Pat Ward’s body, and that two people - a man in his 20's and a woman in her 30's - have been arrested on suspicion of murder.


  • Two people are due in court today charged with the murder of a Sligo man in Co Tyrone at the weekend.

    The body of 30-year-old Pat Ward was discovered in an alleyway at McCrea Park in Clogher, Co Tyrone on Saturday morning.

    The victim was originally from Sligo but he had been living in Clogher in recent times.

    A 33-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were detained by police on Saturday.

    They were last night charged with murdering Mr Ward and are due to appear before Dungannon Magistrates' Court today.


  • Two people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of Patrick Heeran.

    The 48 year old man was last seen in Mohill in Leitrim eight years ago.

    He disappeared without a trace in 2011, but the case was upgraded to murder five years later in 2016.

    His body has never been found.

    In 2018, his family made an emotional appeal for information on the TV show "crime call", which at the time gardai said received a very good response.

    Yesterday afternoon a man in his mid 20s and a woman also in her mid 20s were both arrested in the midlands area and are being detained at Tullamore garda station.

    The man is being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act where he can be held for 24 hours.

    The woman is being held under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, where she can be detained for up to 72 hours.

    Gardai say the investigation is ongoing.


  • Verdicts of murder were returned this afternoon at inquests into the deaths of two elderly Mayo brothers, who were bludgeoned to death at their home in Castlebar almost seven years ago.

    After delivering his verdicts, the Coroner for Mayo Patrick O’Connor said words fail to express the horror of the “awful tragedy” which befell Thomas (69) Blaine and his brother Jack on July 10, 2013.

    The two brothers, who lived under the care of the HSE at New Antrim Street, Castlebar, were brutally murdered by Alan Cawley of Four Winds, Corrimbla, Ballina.

    Mr Cawley was unanimously found guilty of murder by a jury at the Central Criminal Court and was given the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Paul Coffey on July 25, 2017.

    He unsuccessfully sought to appeal his conviction.

    Evidence was given to the Central Criminal Court that Cawley was released from Castlerea prison four days before the killings and was provided with B&B accommodation in Castlebar. 

    He bought a bottle of wine around 5pm on 9 July and was seen drinking three pints of Guinness in pubs later that evening

    The court heard that Cawley inflicted horrific injuries on his victims bludgeoning them with a shovel and one of their walking sticks.

    Pathologist Dr. Fadel Bennani gave evidence at today’s inquest that the cause of Thomas Blaine’s death was blood loss, brain trauma, chest trauma and inhalation of blood due to blunt injuries to his head, face and chest.

     He gave the cause of his brother, Jack Blaine’s, death was blunt force trauma to the head, blood loss, brain injury and obstruction of breathing due to facial injuries.

     The inquest into the death of the Blaine brothers was opened and adjourned in June 2015.

     When the inquest came up for finalisation this afternoon, the coroner described the Blaines as “very special people” loved by all who knew them, who needed protection.

    He said “the tragedy of both deaths is something the Castlebar community will always have on their minds” and he expressed his deepest sympathy with the relatives of the Blaine brothers, their neighbours and friends.