A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Kilkenny city on Thursday.

Shane Smyth, 27, with an address at McGuinness House, Evan's Lane, Kilkenny, appeared before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court this afternoon

Mairead Moran, originally from the village of Kilmoganny, Co Kilkenny, was attacked as she was locking up a shop in the Market Cross Shopping Centre in Kilkenny city centre.

She was taken by ambulance to St Luke's Hospital but died from her injuries.