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Young mum who was found dead at bottom of stairs at Co Kilkenny house is named

Rita Apine, who had a young child, is understood to have been living in the country for a number of years

THIS is the young mum who was found dead with serious injuries at her home yesterday.

Rita Apine was discovered at the bottom of the stairs at the property in Freshford, Co Kilkenny.

Rita Apine had been living in Ireland for a number of years Rita Apine had been living in Ireland for a number of years

The 29-year-old, who had a young child, is understood to have been living in the country for a number of years after moving from Eastern Europe.

Gardai were alerted by an ambulance crew called to her home and medics gave CPR.

She was initially responsive but died some time later at nearby St Luke’s Hospital.

A 30-year-old Eastern European man was arrested and quizzed in connection with her death at Kilkenny Garda Station.

The young mum passed away yesterdayThe young mum passed away yesterday afternoon

Rita is believed to have moved to the apartment in Bridge Street last year.

It is understood investigations are centring on whether the woman was assaulted or fell in the property. Gardai launched an appeal for information this morning.

A spokesperson said: “Gardai are particularly appealing to anybody who visited the local Costcutter shop, or who may have been in the Bridge Street area of Freshford Village, between the hours of 8am and 1pm on Sunday, May 14 and who may have heard or noticed anything out of the ordinary to contact them.

“The body has been removed from the scene to Waterford Regional Hospital.

“The State Pathologist has been notified, and a post mortem will be carried out today the 15th May 2017.

Rita Tragic Rita Apine was treated at the doorstep of her home

“The services of the Garda Technical Bureau have been requested, and a full technical examination of the scene will be carried out.”

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, told “I was coming up the road at about 1pm and saw quite a crowd of medical staff trying to resuscitate her – there was one ambulance and two fire engines.

“She was being treated just outside her house at the doorstep. I thought it was a woman who may have passed out but now know that this wasn’t the case.

“The guards then came on the scene and I understand there are CCTV cameras around the town, which may help.

“It’s such a sad thing to have happened.”

Another local said: “The mother had a little girl and you would often see them walking around the town.

“I’m honestly so shocked and saddened by it all.

“To have something like this happen here is really very tragic.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Michael McCarthy said: “It’s very, very sad. This is just a quiet, rural village and everybody here knows each other.”

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The victim who died 'in suspicious circumstances' yesterday following an incident at her home in Freshford has been named locally as Rita Apine.

The 29-year-old Latvian had moved to the village in recent times and is remembered by her neighbours as a kind and bubbly woman who was devoted to her young daughter.

"You would always see the two of them together, they had a lovely relationship and she was a doting and caring Mother, she adored her little girl," one local remembered.

A man, believed to be a foreign national, is being held in custody at Kilkenny Garda Station while a post mortem is taking place at the moment. 

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The Sinn Fein party , we have proven with the facts and the  the names , actively collaborated with the Nazis from before the beginning of the Second World war right up to the end of that war in 1945 . In fact many IRA men being released from the Curragh internment camp ( Tintown) in 1945 were seen to be disappointed and dejected that Hitler and his nazis had been defeated, and this despite the fact that the world knew of the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews at this time. Sinn Fein did not stop supporting the Nazis because of the Holocaust, they only stopped supporting Hitler because he was defeated and gone!

Indeed there was a Mr. Patrick Funcheon of Callan, County Kilkenny , high up in the local Irish Transport Workers Union, a member of Sinn Fein and the IRA at the time and he was well versed enough to know of the Nazi holocaust in Europe and Russia that The Kilkenny Journal of the time condemned.  This writer worked as a journalist with the Kilkenny Journal as early as 1964, 19 years after the war, when the then editor Tim Donovan and the other journalist James Dockery ( there were only three of us journalists there) regularly spoke of the shame off local Sinn Feiners for supporting Hitler including his holocaust at the time.  

Printers at the Kilkenny Journal held that as a result that the local IT & GWU, now SIPTU,  in the Kilkenny Union Hall up the road in Patrick Street, Kilkenny, was forever tarnished as well as Sinn Fein. The collaboration of Sinn Fein with the Nazis was considered in towns like Kilkenny as most unchristian in the Catholic country of the time. This is a huge reason that none of Sinn Fein were ever elected in Kilkenny at the time - indeed no member of Sinn Fein was elected in Kilkenny since 1923 right up to our own time when Kathleen Funchion was eventually elected to Kilkenny Borough Council in 2009 and subsequently to Kilkenny County Council and to Dail Eireann. 

It is forever to the shame of Sinn Fein in Kilkenny and in Ireland that they supported Hitler and the Nazis right up to 1945 and that they only stopped supporting the Nazis when they were defeated and no longer there - they never stopped supporting the Nazis over the breaking news of the Holocaust in Europe! And today Sinn Fein has the gall to accuse an innocent person not even born until after the war as a Nazi - while it can be held that their own collaboration with the Nazis, especially their refuelling of the Nazi U-Boats on the coast of Ireland,  helped delay the end of the war and thus the end of the Holocaust. 

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BREAKING: Victim, who made Freshford her home, remembered as 'a kind and lovely woman'. 


More murders as mass immigration of other cultures kicks in. 

Mary Codyeshford this evening. Picture by Pat Moore

 'A caring and calm woman' who 'adored her daughter' is how a young mother who died earlier today is being remembered by those who knew her adopted home of Freshford.

The woman, who is believed to be from Latvia, was described this evening as a 'kind and lovely person' by those who knew her in the village.

"She was always with her young daughter, you would often see them in the Millennium Park playing together. She was a wonderful mother and a lovely person," remarked one neighbour.

Local councillor Michael McCarthy told the Kilkenny People that the thoughts and prayers of the community were with the woman's family and friends.

A man in his thirties, believed also to be a foreign national, has been arrested and remains in custody at Kilkenny Garda Station where he is being interviewed by detectives. Gardai are treating the death as suspicious.

A post mortem is expected to be carried out later today.


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Man arrested following death of woman in Freshford, Kilkenny

Gardaí were called at 2.45 this afternoon


A man has been arrested following the death of a woman in Freshford, Co Kilkenny.

Gardaí were called to a house on Bridge Street this afternoon after the woman, who’s in her 20s, was removed to hospital at around midday with serious injuries.

She later died in St Luke’s Hospital.

A man in his 30s was arrested this afternoon and is being held in Kilkenny Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The scene at the house is sealed off and is undergoing a forensic technical examination.

The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and a post mortem examination will be carried out on the body of the woman.

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