Died 5th September 2013

Patricia Kierans (54) was killed in Bailieborough, County Cavan, very close to the Northern Ireland border on 5th September 2013. She had been beaten and shot.

Police are continuing to question a man over the killing. The man is believed to be the woman’s estranged husband. He was detained after a 10-hour stand-off at a pub in the town.

Ms Kieran was a mother of four, originally from west Belfast, who moved to Cavan many years ago. Her sister reported her missing on Thursday 5th September.

Local journalist Joe McCabe said: “When gardaí went to interview the man at the bar, which is a mile away from where the woman was found, he produced a shotgun and barricaded himself into the basement. The Garda Emergency Response team was called, the town was sealed off and people living nearby were told to leave their homes.”

Police negotiators spoke to the man throughout the night and just before 4.00am the man surrendered.

Mr McCabe said the woman who died had lived in the town for many years and had grown-up children aged between 22 and 33.

Fr Oliver O’Reilly, who knew the dead woman and her family, said: “Three of them already were in Australia, one of them had taken a flight to join them yesterday morning – he was still in the air when all this happened. I was speaking to one of the family members last night and they were totally devastated.”

Note: This short report was drawn from a report in the BBC.

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