Renewed appeal over death of Limerick music teacher 

The late Louise Muckell.

GARDAÍ investigating the sudden death of County Limerick music teacher Louise Muckell last July have renewed their appeal for information about the circumstances surrounding her death.

Ms Muckell, 54, was discovered seriously injured in her home in Rathkeale on July 19. She was rushed to University Hospital Limerick but was pronounced dead there on July 20.

She was regarded as a talented music teacher who taught in the former Sisters of Mercy secondary school, Rathkeale, and had trained under the late Irish soprano Veronica Dunne.

Gardaí suspect Ms Muckell was assaulted at a property in Limerick City in the hours or days before her death, and they have identified a chief suspect.

However they are still trying to determine if this led directly to her death and are waiting on the results of toxicology and forensic tests which will decide how the investigation will proceed.

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Today (Tuesday), a Garda spokesman said the investigation “into the death of a woman in unexplained circumstances in County Limerick on July 19, is ongoing.

“A post mortem examination has been completed, the results of which are not being released for operational reasons. Anyone with information should contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061-212400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111, or any Garda station.

“No further updates are available at this time,” added the spokesman.

Gardai suspect Ms Muckell was driven from her home in Rathkeale to and a property on Windmill Street in Limerick City, and returned to her home on the day she was found seriously injured.

Gardaí previously issued an appeal for information stating they had “attended an incident that occurred in the Windmill Street area of Limerick earlier on the evening of Tuesday, July 19. Enquiries to date suggest that the deceased may have frequented a residence on Windmill Street in the day or days prior to her discovery with serious injuries.

“In particular Gardaí wish to speak to any persons who were in the Windmill Street area of Limerick City or the Cois Deel area of Rathkeale between Sunday, July 17 and Tuesday July 19 who observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.”

“Any persons who may have camera footage (including dash-cam and CCTV) of either area between these dates are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.”