Shock in South Kildare as local girl found dead

A Castlemitchell family is grieving this week following the death of mother-of-one Diane Burroughs, who was found dead in her rented apartment above a butcher’s shop in Mountrath town centre, Co Laois, on Saturday, April 16.

A Castlemitchell family is grieving this week following the death of mother-of-one Diane Burroughs, who was found dead in her rented apartment above a butcher’s shop in Mountrath town centre, Co Laois, on Saturday, April 16.

Forty year old Jason Daly of TJ Delaney Flats, Mountrath was charged at Birr District Court last Monday, April 18 with the murder on April 16 of Diane Burroughs at the same address.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday, April 21.

Ms Burroughs’ family learned of her death early on Sunday when a detective arrived at their home in Castlemitchell, near Athy. The 30-year-old woman had a nine-year-old daughter, who is in the care of her sister in Castlemitchell.

Ms Burroughs was one of 10 children originally from Maryville in Kildare town. Her father John Burroughs (61) is a greyhound owner.

Ms Burroughs had not lived at her family home in Castlemitchell for the past seven years.

As a teenager she played for a short season with Castlemitchell GAA.

This is the second tragedy to affect the Burroughs family. Diane’s brother, Peter, died tragically when he was just 19.

Diane has been described as vulnerable having had mental health difficulties in the past.

The local community is in shock. Cllr Mark Wall, who is also a coach with Castlemitchell GAA, said: “Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. It is a shock to the whole community.” Supt Philip Lyons, who is leading the inquiry, said he was appealing to the public to come forward with information if they had seen any suspicious activity in the Mountrath Main Street area on Saturday 19 April from 6pm onwards.