Thursday 18 January 2018

'There is a big hole in my heart... A piece of me died that day' - Daughter's plea to help find mother's killer

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The daughter of a woman murdered 11 years ago has issued an emotional appeal for help finding her mother’s killer.

Irene White (43) was stabbed to death at her home Dundalk, Co Louth on April 6, 2005.

Nobody has been charged in connection with the brutal murder and now her daughter Jennifer, who was just 17 at the time, has spoken about life without her beloved mother.

Speaking to Keelin Shanley on tonight's edition of Crimecall, Jennifer describes Irene as a devoted mother, who lived for her lived for her kids.

Irene White and her daughter Jennifer. Picture: Crimecall
Irene White and her daughter Jennifer. Picture: Crimecall

“Her kids were everything , so she devoted all her time and energy to all of us”.

Jennifer recalls the day she found out about Irene’s death and how she was told in her school principal’s office by Gardai.

“At that stage it didn’t sink in. We had to drive passed my house and that’s when I saw the tape and all the Gardai. But it wasn’t until I saw my nanny. She was in an awful state. And that’s when I knew, that it was real.”

Asked what she misses most about her mother Jennifer responds: “I miss everything.. there is a big hole in my heart and nothing will ever fill it. There is a piece of me died that day.”

Irene lived in a house known as ‘Ice House’ which was situated right beside a local park called Ice House Hill Park.

The morning of her murder Irene left her home shortly before 9am and dropped her three children off to school. She then returned to her home where she began washing up after the breakfast.

Her mother, who lived at the back of the property called into Irene around the same time every day. This day she called to the house at 12.30pm where she found Irene laying dead in the kitchen.

Jennifer makes an emotional plea for help solving the nightmare case

“If anyone knows anything, no matter how big or small, please come forward. Any little thing could make all the difference, so please just come forward with information you have.

“I just want her to rest in peace. Some closure, some answers, that’s all I want, that’s all anyone wants.”

“I want her life to have meant something, I want her to rest in peace..some closure, that’s all I want.. it’s all anyone wants.”

Detective Bobby Ogle from Dundalk recounts witness reports of a man seen running across Ice House Hill Park near Irene’s home at around 9.20am morning.

Crimecall, presented by Keelin Shanley, at 9.35pm on RTE One on Monday, November 21

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