Gardai have made a major breakthrough in three cold case deaths in Co Kildare. 20 year old Barbara Doyle and her two young nieces died in a fire in Kilcock on this day in 1987.
Detectives have upgraded the inquiry to a triple murder investigation after ‘new evidence’ came to light. On the 20th September 1987, a young couple Elizabeth and Aidan Byrne went to a 21st birthday party just outside Kilcock in Co Kildare.
Elizabeth’s 20 year old sister Barbara babysat their two young girls 8 year old Mary Ellen and 3 year old Kerrie. Sometime between 3am and 4am a fire broke out at the home on Church Lane– killing Barabara and her two nieces.Now 30 years later - gardai have upgraded the inquiry into their deaths to a triple murder investigation. Gardai never revealed the cause of the fire but always had some suspicions it was started on purpose.
They started re-examining the case five years ago and this coupled with the recent ‘new evidence’ has led them to the significant breakthrough. They are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
The two young girls’ dad Aidan has since passed away while their mum Elizabeth still lives in the rebuild house in Kilcock.
The 30th anniversary is understandably an emotional and upsetting milestone for the family. Gardai are now hoping this appeal leads to some justice for Barbara, Mary Ellen and Kerrie.