Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information over the murder of Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy.

A native of Corofin and a well-known taxi driver in Galway city, Eileen was murdered after she took a fare to Claregalway on November 30 1997.

On that date, Eileen commenced work at 8am in her Silver Toyota Carina, registration number 97G6663, and worked throughout the day.

At 8pm, Eileen informed her taxi base that she was taking a fare to Claregalway.  Approximately 20 minutes later the taxi base attempted to contact Eileen but received no answer.  At 9 p.m.  Eileen was due to meet the owner of the taxi in Galway to hand dover the car and keys but she failed to meet as agreed. The last known contact with Eileen was at 8 p.m.

At this stage Eileen’s colleagues grew concerned for her whereabouts and searched the city for her taxi.  Just before midnight, Eileen’s taxi was discovered at Lydon house bakery on the Tuam Road in Galway where it became apparent that Eileen may have been injured.  A search of the area commenced.

The following morning, December 1 1997, the body of Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy was discovered at Tinkers Lane, Knockdoemore just off the N17.  Eileen had been assaulted and murdered and a murder investigation commenced.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins said: “25 years on, An Garda Síochána continue to investigate this case. The investigation into the murder of Eileen Costello O’Shaughnessy continues to be a live investigation. We are conscious that we now live in a very different era to 1997 and now with that passage of time, people may feel more comfortable sharing information with us.”

An Garda Síochána are again appealing to anyone who may be in a position to assist with progressing several aspects of the case:

  • At approximately 8.30 p.m. on the N17 close to Tinkers Lane, a woman with blonder hair was seen walking in the direction of Galway against oncoming traffic. She was at the hard shoulder and appeared in a distracted state. This woman has never been identified.
  • At 8.45 p.m. a motorist observed Eileen’s taxi, a silver Toyota Carina registration number 97G6663, driving erratically on the N17 towards Galway city. As the cars approached Leaders shop, the motorist overtook the taxi and saw a man with a beard driving it. The taxi turned left in Lydon house bakery. This man has never been identified.
  • At approximately 9 p.m., a man was seen jumping down from a wall close to Lydon house bakery and walking in the direction of Galway. He was wearing a green jacket and carrying a small canvass bag. This man has never been identified
  • Finally a small red car was seen at 2 a.m. at Tinkers lane where Eileen’s body was found. The car had reversed up the laneway and had the parking lights on. The occupants of this car have never been identified.

“Anyone with information is encouraged to contact An Garda Síochána in Oranmore on 091-388030 or alternatively you can contact your local Garda station,” Detective Superintendent Cummins said.


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