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Help Wanted - Murder
« on: February 15, 2021, 04:57:58 pm »
https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/antoinette-smith-murder-slane-clondalkin-19835430

Daughter of Clondalkin woman murdered 34 years ago appeals for help catching 'evil' killer

The mother-of-two had been with pals on a night out after attending a David Bowie concert at Slane Castle in Co Meath

By Emma McMenamy
08:00, 14 FEB 2021
NEWS

The heartbroken daughter of murdered Antoinette Smith has branded her killer “pure evil” for robbing two girls of their mother.

Lisa Smith, who was seven when her mum was slaughtered and her body dumped on a bog road, said she was cheated out of a lifetime of memories.

Antoinette, or Angie as she was known to family and friends, was last seen at around 2.30am on O’Connell Street in Dublin on July 11, 1987.

The mother-of-two from Clondalkin, West Dublin, had been with pals on a night out after attending a David Bowie concert at Slane Castle in Co Meath.

The 27-year-old’s body was found dumped in an isolated drain on a road at Glendoo Mountain, outside Enniskerry in Co Wicklow, almost a year later on April 3, 1988.

Lisa said the last milestone she celebrated with her mum was her communion but younger sister Rachel has little recollection of her.

Lisa told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “We were quite young when it happened. I was seven and my sister Rachel was four.

“Rachel was totally robbed of her – at least I had seven years of memories. She can only go on what we tell her.

“The last milestone I had with her was my communion and then shortly afterwards she was gone.

“Growing up, you want your mam there for your milestones and she wasn’t there for it.

“You were always aware she wasn’t there. It was hard. Even now it’s hard.

“Last year, I had a milestone birthday when I turned 40 and it knocked me sideways. She should be experiencing these things with us.”

And she insisted the family has not lost hope of finding justice. Lisa added: “It will be 34 years this July and we will not give up.

“There are still no suspects and nobody has ever been questioned in relation to her case.

“It’s very sad to think a young woman on a night out with her friends goes to a concert and never comes home and ends up in the mountains, missing for nine months. It doesn’t even bear thinking about.”

Reflecting back to when it happened, Lisa told how she was too young to understand the true horror.

She said: “I remember it being very confusing. I was wondering if she was going to come through the door.

“We only go by what we are told by the gardai and the facts of the case. We were only kids when it happened so we relied on what we were told when we were older. I do remember the day of the funeral though. I was a child and I had never been at a funeral before. It was very traumatic.

“She was a great mam, fantastic. She doted over us. There are three years between me and my sister and being older I was like my mam’s shadow.”

Antoinette, who was wearing a David Bowie T-shirt when last seen, went to the La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street after the Slane gig. She left at around 2.15am.

In an appeal two years ago, her family said they believed her murder was planned and she knew her killer.

Lisa added: “I’m very like her personality-wise. And as I’m getting older I’m starting to look more like her too, well so people tell me.

“Rachel and I would be avid concert-goers too and have travelled all over the world for them. A lot of people ask us, ‘How do you do it after what happened to your mam?’

“But she wouldn’t want us to live like that. She gave us her love of music which has been great for me as it’s been a big thing that has helped me through the years.”

Lisa is appealing to anyone with information on her mother’s case to come forward, even anonymously, to help end their pain.

She said: “However small or irrelevant people think it is, it could be that one piece of the jigsaw that could be the thing to break the case.

“Over time relationships break down and things are different now. People may have been in a relationship where they couldn’t talk about things or noticed something that was odd at the time. I know it’s 34 years and people say that time is a healer but it’s not.

“There is always that hope because as long as we are alive, we will fight to get justice for her.

“Whoever did this has probably got to see their kids grow up, she will never get that.

“Please contact gardai if you know anything. Somebody out there knows something.

“You have to question what goes through someone’s mind who has done that, they are pure evil, it doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Anyone with information can contact the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers at 1800 250 025.

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Re: Help Wanted - Murder
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2021, 01:48:49 pm »
https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/antoinette-smith-murder-slane-clondalkin-19835430

Daughter of Clondalkin woman murdered 34 years ago appeals for help catching 'evil' killer

The mother-of-two had been with pals on a night out after attending a David Bowie concert at Slane Castle in Co Meath

By Emma McMenamy
08:00, 14 FEB 2021
NEWS

The heartbroken daughter of murdered Antoinette Smith has branded her killer “pure evil” for robbing two girls of their mother.

Lisa Smith, who was seven when her mum was slaughtered and her body dumped on a bog road, said she was cheated out of a lifetime of memories.

Antoinette, or Angie as she was known to family and friends, was last seen at around 2.30am on O’Connell Street in Dublin on July 11, 1987.

The mother-of-two from Clondalkin, West Dublin, had been with pals on a night out after attending a David Bowie concert at Slane Castle in Co Meath.

The 27-year-old’s body was found dumped in an isolated drain on a road at Glendoo Mountain, outside Enniskerry in Co Wicklow, almost a year later on April 3, 1988.

Lisa said the last milestone she celebrated with her mum was her communion but younger sister Rachel has little recollection of her.

Lisa told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “We were quite young when it happened. I was seven and my sister Rachel was four.

“Rachel was totally robbed of her – at least I had seven years of memories. She can only go on what we tell her.

“The last milestone I had with her was my communion and then shortly afterwards she was gone.

“Growing up, you want your mam there for your milestones and she wasn’t there for it.

“You were always aware she wasn’t there. It was hard. Even now it’s hard.

“Last year, I had a milestone birthday when I turned 40 and it knocked me sideways. She should be experiencing these things with us.”

And she insisted the family has not lost hope of finding justice. Lisa added: “It will be 34 years this July and we will not give up.

“There are still no suspects and nobody has ever been questioned in relation to her case.

“It’s very sad to think a young woman on a night out with her friends goes to a concert and never comes home and ends up in the mountains, missing for nine months. It doesn’t even bear thinking about.”

Reflecting back to when it happened, Lisa told how she was too young to understand the true horror.

She said: “I remember it being very confusing. I was wondering if she was going to come through the door.

“We only go by what we are told by the gardai and the facts of the case. We were only kids when it happened so we relied on what we were told when we were older. I do remember the day of the funeral though. I was a child and I had never been at a funeral before. It was very traumatic.

“She was a great mam, fantastic. She doted over us. There are three years between me and my sister and being older I was like my mam’s shadow.”

Antoinette, who was wearing a David Bowie T-shirt when last seen, went to the La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street after the Slane gig. She left at around 2.15am.

In an appeal two years ago, her family said they believed her murder was planned and she knew her killer.

Lisa added: “I’m very like her personality-wise. And as I’m getting older I’m starting to look more like her too, well so people tell me.

“Rachel and I would be avid concert-goers too and have travelled all over the world for them. A lot of people ask us, ‘How do you do it after what happened to your mam?’

“But she wouldn’t want us to live like that. She gave us her love of music which has been great for me as it’s been a big thing that has helped me through the years.”

Lisa is appealing to anyone with information on her mother’s case to come forward, even anonymously, to help end their pain.

She said: “However small or irrelevant people think it is, it could be that one piece of the jigsaw that could be the thing to break the case.

“Over time relationships break down and things are different now. People may have been in a relationship where they couldn’t talk about things or noticed something that was odd at the time. I know it’s 34 years and people say that time is a healer but it’s not.

“There is always that hope because as long as we are alive, we will fight to get justice for her.

“Whoever did this has probably got to see their kids grow up, she will never get that.

“Please contact gardai if you know anything. Somebody out there knows something.

“You have to question what goes through someone’s mind who has done that, they are pure evil, it doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Anyone with information can contact the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers at 1800 250 025.
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