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Probe reopens into blaze that killed three

20 Sep 2019 / justice Print

Probe reopens into blaze that killed three

One young person and two children died in a blaze on this day 32 years ago and gardai have reopened their investigations into the deaths.

On 20th September 1987, a fire occurred at Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare. The remains of Barbara Doyle (20), Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and Kerrie Anne Byrne (3) were discovered at the scene.

The children’s parents Aidan (now deceased) and Elizabeth went to a 21st party that night in the locality.

Elizabeth’s sister Barbara Doyle babysat her two nieces, Mary Ellen and Kerrie Anne in their home. Between 3am and 4am that Sunday morning a fire was reported at the house.

Two years ago, on the 30th anniversary of the fire, new evidence came to light and gardaí now believe the fire was started deliberately.

Incident room

The investigation was upgraded to a murder investigation and an incident room has been established at Leixlip station. 

Gardaí say they firmly believe that there are persons in the community who have information in relation to this fire.

They have issued an appeal to anyone with any information to contact Leixlip Garda station at 01-6667800 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

They have also asked that the privacy of the Byrne and Doyle families is respected.



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