Murphy is not in Celbridge - gardai
Gardai in Celbridge have reassured residents that suspected serial killer Larry Murphy is not living among them.
The Co Kildare town has been beset with rumours that the country's most notorious rapist has moved there in the past few weeks.
But the reported sightings have been dismissed by gardai.
Sergeant Brian Sheridan of Celbridge told the Herald: "It's rubbish. We have an idea of who has been spreading the rumour on internet forums and it's just mischievous nonsense.
"For about two weeks now, the phone hasn't stopped.
"There have been false rumours about this individual in other communities and it seems to have been our turn this time."
Celbridge residents were on alert after reported sightings of Murphy in the area and rumours that he was living in the growing commuter town.
Word spread like wildfire through internet and text networks that Murphy, who was released from jail last August, was spotted in Celbridge, causing nervousness and fear.
While every large estate in the town has been mentioned as a possible address for the rapist, there have been no confirmed sightings.
Murphy (45) was released last August after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence for the repeated rape and attempted murder of a Carlow businesswoman in 2000.
He is also the chief suspect in the disappearances of Jo Jo Dullard, Deirdre Jacob and Annie McCarrick.
Local councillors in Celbridge said they had heard nothing recently about Murphy, and garda sources within the town said they were not aware that he had been living in the community.