THE County Limerick woman who Gardaí believe died from injuries sustained in an assault last week, is to be buried after Requiem Mass in Rathkeale tomorrow (Thursday).
Louise Muckell, who was in her mid 50s, died at University Hospital Limerick on July 20 after being found with serious injuries at her home in the Cois Deel estate, Rathkeale, at around 8.30pm on Tuesday, July 19.
The scene at Cois Deel was preserved and forensically examined by Gardai, and a post mortem on Ms Muckell’s body was performed by the State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, last Thursday.
Gardaí said they responded to an incident in the Windmill Street street area of Limerick City earlier on the evening of Tuesday, July 19.
A Garda spokesman said their “enquiries suggest that the deceased may have frequented a residence on Windmill Street on the day or in the days prior to her discovery with serious injuries on July 19.
Ms Muckell trained as a singer under the tutelage of the late Dublin soprano Veronica Dunne, and she previously taught music at the former Sisters of Mercy Convent secondary school, Rathkeale.
Gardai believe persons known to Ms Muckell have vital information about her final movements; investigators suspect Ms Muckell was driven 30km from her Rathkeale home to Limerick City where was assaulted in the Windmill Street area before she was driven back to her home having sustained serious injuries.
Ms Muckell’s remains are to arrive at St Mary’s Church, Rathkeale at 7pm, this Wednesday evening for Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Thursday.
Ms Muckell’s family has requested “family flowers only” with any donations to go towards the Deel Animal Rescue group “because of her love of animals”.
Ms Muckell will be laid to rest in a private family burial at an undisclosed location.