Gardaí have launched a fresh appeal into the murder of a married mother of two in Kilkenny 33 years ago.

Marie Tierney, 34, was fatally injured on an unknown date between 21 October and 21 December 1984.

She resided with her husband and children, aged 12 and 13 at the time, at Clintstown, Co Kilkenny, where they ran a grocery store and petrol station.

Mrs Tierney was reported missing on 22 October 1984 by her husband.

She left their house the night before at approximately 10.30pm in the family car, a Renault 18 Estate with a registration number 35-HIP, and did not return.

An investigation by gardaí located the Tierneys' family car at Newpark Fenn, Kilkenny on the day she was reported missing.

Statements from a number of witnesses said the car had been abandoned in Newpark at approximately 11pm the night before.

A number of searches were conducted by gardaí, members of Mrs Tierney's family and friends, but she could not be located.

On 21 December 1984 her body was discovered by a male out walking on the Bleach Road, Kilkenny, in a ditch.

A post-mortem examination was conducted and a murder investigation commenced.
 
To date, over 500 lines of investigative enquiry have been opened and over 200 witness statements have been recorded.

This murder investigation is still ongoing and will remain so. There have been no arrests to date.

Gardaí will be speaking to everyone who made statements in relation to the investigation and are appealing to any person who may have information into the death of Mrs Tierney to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact An Garda Siochana in Kilkenny on 0567775000 or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800666111.