Gardaí relaunch investigation into murder of Mary Ellen and Kerrie Anne Byrne 4 weeks ago

Gardaí relaunch investigation into murder of Mary Ellen and Kerrie Anne Byrne

Three decades on the Gardaí are still searching for answers.

On this date 32 years ago September 20 1987, a fire occurred at Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare.

The remains of Barbara Doyle aged 20 Years, Mary Ellen Byrne aged 8 years and Kerrie Anne Byrne aged 3 years 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 3 am and 4 am that Sunday morning a fire was reported at the house.

Two years ago on the 30th anniversary of the fire, new evidence came into the possession of the Gardaí who now believe the fire was started deliberately.

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

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

Those heading the investigation are appealing to any person who has any information to contact Leixlip Garda station at 01-6667800 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Gardaí would further appeal that the privacy of the Byrne and Doyle families is respected at this time.