Sunday 25 February 2018

'We had a stolen childhood' - Daughters of young woman murdered after attending Slane appeal for help

Rachel, daughter of Antoinette Smith who was murdered 30 years ago. Picture: Crimecall
Rachel, daughter of Antoinette Smith who was murdered 30 years ago. Picture: Crimecall

Daniel O'Connor

THE daughters of a young woman killed after attending a concert at Slane 30 years ago have made a new plea for information to help to find out who killed her.

Antoinette Smith (27) went to see David Bowie at Slane Castle on July 11th, 1987, the night she disappeared.

She went to the La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street afterwards and left at 2:15am that night, but never returned home.

Her body was found almost a year later on the 3rd of April 1988 in a drain on Glendoo Mountain, near the Lemass monument outside Enniskerry.

Lisa, daughter of Antoinette Smith who was murdered 30 years ago. Picture: Crimecall
Lisa, daughter of Antoinette Smith who was murdered 30 years ago. Picture: Crimecall

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Crimecall episode on RTÉ One, Antoinette’s two daughters, Lisa and Rachel Smith, have spoken about their grief and how they will not rest until their mother’s killer - or killers - is brought to justice.

“We had a stolen childhood, but, it’s like they’ve stolen some of our adulthood as well because for us it doesn’t go away,” Lisa told Crimecall.

Lisa and Rachel have made a fresh appeal on the 26th anniversary of the murder and Crimestoppers has confirmed ‘a significant reward' had been offered in a bid to catch the killer.
Lisa and Rachel have made a fresh appeal on the 26th anniversary of the murder and Crimestoppers has confirmed ‘a significant reward' had been offered in a bid to catch the killer.

“It would mean a great deal to us because it would mean we can actually put her to rest, she can rest in peace. And it means we can move on,” Rachel added.

Her daughters, Lisa and Rachel, were just seven and four when her mother first disappeared.

30 years, later, the two women have spoken about life growing up without their mother, and the difficulty to cope with her loss.

“You were always aware that you were different, that there was someone missing,” Lisa said.

“Growing up was strange because you see all your friends with their Mams, and their Dads, your school plays or your football matches. We never got to experience that with our Mam.”

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t struggle. We do every day, because it’s always there. It doesn’t go away because the person that did it is still out there.”

“I was four at the time. Basically I wouldn’t have much of a memory of her, but the ones I go on are what my sister’s told me,” Rachel said.

“It’s hard growing up without her… She’s missed so many big occasions in our lives, like big birthday celebrations like our 18th, our 21st, our 30th’s. Basically she’s missed so much.”

Antoinette was last seen wearing a David Bowie T-shirt, dark blue denim jeans, a denim jacket and navy blue high heels. Gardaí are appealing directly to those who may know what happened to her.

Anyone with information can give it confidentially and anonymously on the Crimestoppers telephone line on 1800 25 00 25.

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