Gardaí believe Limerick City woman met violent death

Hanrahan home Thomondgate
The Hanrahan home at New Street, Thomondgate whihc was sealed off by Gardaí last night. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

Gardaí believe that a 78 year-old woman, whose body was found at her home in Limerick City yesterday afternoon, met a violent death.

While investigations continue into the suspicious death of Rose Hanrahan of New Road in Thomondgate, a post-mortem examination will be carried out later today and its results will determine if those investigations will be upgraded to a murder case.

Mrs Hanrahan’s body was discovered by a relative on the floor of a downstairs room in her home at 1.30 pm yesterday and it remained at the scene this morning as a team of forensic gardaí examined the house to gather as much evidence as possible.

Local TDs Maurice Quinlivan (SF) and Willie O’Dea (FF) expressed their shock at what had happened and described Mrs Hanrahan as a well-known and popular member of the local community.

Gardaí have issued an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

In a statement issued this morning, Deputy Quinlivan said he was shocked at the terrible news of the death of Rosie Hanrahan in her home.

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“Thomondgate is a lovely place to live and I want to condemn in the strongest terms possible what seems to have been a despicable attack on an older person who was loved and respected in our community.

“Some people will know or suspect who may have done this and I would urge anyone with information to come forward to An Garda Síochána as a matter of urgency,” he concluded.

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