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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Daughter pays tribute to mother killed in her home

Brigid Maguire, who was found dead in her Westmeath home
Brigid Maguire, who was found dead in her Westmeath home
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The daughter of a woman found dead at her home in Co Westmeath has paid tribute to her "caring and amazing mother".

The body of Brigid Maguire (43) was discovered at her home in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath, shortly before 9.30pm on Saturday.

Following a post-mortem, investigating detectives at Mullingar Garda Station announced they would be launching a murder probe into her death.

Her daughter, Jade Keena, left a heartfelt and emotional tribute on Facebook to Ms Maguire.

"I miss you so much mam, I really do. You were the most amazing mother to me and...I will never, ever forget you mam, and I will never forget what you did for me," Ms Keena wrote.

"I love you millions, you were the best. You are a beautiful and kind woman, and I will always keep out good memories and the laugh and craic we used to have. Love you loads, and sleep tight my angel," she added.

Officers investigating Ms Maguire's death arrested a 53-year-old man on Sunday evening.

He was detained at Mullingar Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The man's period of detention has since been extended for a further 12 hours, a garda spokesperson confirmed.

It is believed he was arrested on appointment after contacting a relative of the family, who in turned notified gardaí.

The body of the young mother is understood to have been found by her teenage daughter.

Gardaí and emergency services were alerted and Ms Maguire's remains were transferred to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar and later to the hospital in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The results of the post-mortem, which was performed by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan, were not being released for operational reasons.

However, it is understood Ms Maguire had not suffered any clearly visible signs of trauma to her body.

The community in Ballynacargy was left in a state of shock following the news of the death of Ms Maguire, who worked as a care assistant.

She was described as a "vibrant woman" and a "hard worker". "She was a very, very proud mother. Her children were the apple of her eye," said one local.

Irish Independent

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