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Saturday 3 December 2016

Moving tribute to mother found dead in her home house

Brigid Maguire - woman found dead in suspicious circumstances in Westmeath
IDed by Robin Schiller
Brigid Maguire - woman found dead in suspicious circumstances in Westmeath IDed by 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 was discovered at her property in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath shortly before 9.30pm on Saturday.

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

Her daughter, Jade Keena, paid a heartfelt and emotional tribute to Ms Maguire.

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

Beautiful

"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 by gardai 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 that he was arrested on appointment after contacting a relative of the family, who in turned notified gardai.

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

Gardai 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, where a post-mortem was carried out on Sunday.

The results are not yet not being released for operational reasons.

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

Locals expressed their shock at the news, with Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy, who lives in the town, describing Ms Maguire as "a proud mother" and "a hard worker".

Shocked

"I knew the lady well. Our community is deeply shocked at the untimely death of a young, vibrant woman, who worked hard, was a good mother, a good family person and we are really very shocked," Mr Troy told the Herald.

"Our condolences and our thoughts and our prayers are with her family, her son and daughter, and her extended family, brothers and sisters."

"It just goes to show you how precious life is. She was a very, very proud mother. Her children were the apple of her eye. She was an exceptionally good lady. It's just a premature end to a good life," he added.

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