The funeral took place today, Thursday, for a former music teacher, who was seriously assaulted hours before her death.
Louise Muckell, in her 50s, from Rathkeale, Co Limerick, was remembered by her loving family at a funeral mass held at St Mary’s Church in the City of West Limerick.
A large crowd paid tribute to the accomplished singer and pianist who trained with the late Dublin soprano and opera star Veronica Dunne.
Floral tributes from family members, including a wreath that spelled ‘aunt’, accompanied his coffin as he was driven from the church by a black hearse to an undisclosed location for a private burial.
The mass heard that Ms Muckell is survived by her heartbroken family, including her sister, brothers, nephews, nieces and siblings-in-law.
Family members had requested that all bereavement donations go to Deel Animal Rescue “because of its love of animals”.
Gardaí appealed for information after Ms Muckell was found with ‘serious injuries’ at her home in the Cois Deel estate, Rathkeale, around 8.30pm on Tuesday July 19, and died in University Hospital from Limerick on July 20.
An autopsy was performed by state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, but the gardaí has not released the autopsy results.
Gardaí said they responded to an incident “which occurred in the Windmill Street area of Limerick earlier in the evening of Tuesday July 19” and that their “inquiries suggest the deceased may have attended a residence on Windmill Street the day or days before he was found with serious injuries on July 19”.
Ms Muckell previously taught music at the former Sisters of Mercy Convent Secondary School in Rathkeale and led a local youth choir in community games competitions.
Gardaí suspect that people known to Ms Muckell have vital information about her latest movements.
Investigators suspect she was driven 30km from her home in Rathkeale to the city of Limerick, where she was assaulted in the Windmill Street area before being driven home after being seriously injured.
Gardaí is also reviewing hours of video footage from CCTV cameras in Rathkeale and the city of Limerick to try to piece together Ms Muckell’s last movements and to see if she was in the company of others at those critical times.
Gardaí said it was particularly keen to speak to anyone “who was in the Windmill Street area of Limerick or the Cois Deel area of Rathkeale between Sunday July 17 and Tuesday July 19, who observed any activity that caught their attention.” .
Gardaí also asked people who have “video footage (including dash cam and CCTV) of either area between these dates, to make that footage available”.