Gardaí renew appeal re murdered mother of two in 1987

by Rose Barrett
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Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information in relation to the murder of Antoinette Smith (27), whose remains were discovered on Glendoo Mountain, near the Lemass monument and close to Glencree/Enniskerry, on April 3, 1988.

Antoinette was reported missing by her husband the day after she attended a David Bowie concert in Slane on July 11, 1987. The mother of two young children, Lisa aged seven years, and Rachel who was only four at the time of their mother’s disappearance, it was nine months later before her body was found on Glendoo Mountain and a murder enquiry was launched.

After the concert had ended, Antoinette and her friend returned to Dublin by bus, arriving in Parnell Square at around 11pm. They went to the La Mirage Discotheque on Parnell Street.

While in the club they met two men known to them and remained in company with them until they all left shortly after 2am. The Garda Press Office stated Antoinette and her friend parted company when they left the club.

Antoinette remained for some time and spoke to the two men until all three walked the short distance to the taxi rank on O’Connell Street. The men then got a taxi to the Ballymun area, while Antoinette continued to walk by the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street towards the bridge.

That was the last sighting of the young mother whose husband reported her missing when she failed to return home.

Gardaí are appealing to those who may have information since 1987, or who may have come into possession of information in the intervening years, to come forward. They are urging individuals, who 36 years on may want to come forward, to do so, especially if relationships/ associations may have changed over the years.

Anyone with information can contact Gardaí in Bray at 01 666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána 

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