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The night she died, Nancy had been spotted arguing with a local man, John Joseph Malone, who denied murdering the widow, and with all forensic evidence destroyed by the fire, gardaí were left with little or no evidence to convict him.

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Ann Nancy's Nephew, Des Murphy speaks about his aunt's death

Ann Nancy's Nephew, Des Murphy speaks about his aunt's death

Ann Nancy's Nephew, Des Murphy speaks about his aunt's death

KEY witnesses whose testimony led to the solving of a cold-case murder have spoken for the first time about the tragic story of Ann Nancy Smith. 

Nancy lived alone in her cottage on Wolfe Tone Street, Kilkenny and died in a fire that destroyed her home and sent shockwaves through the community in September 1987.

The fire was originally believed to be the cause of her death, but it later emerged that she had died of strangulation when her nephew noticed marks around her neck at the morgue.

The night she died, Nancy had been spotted arguing with a local man, John Joseph Malone, who denied murdering the widow, and with all forensic evidence destroyed by the fire, gardaí were left with little or no evidence to convict him.

However, in 2012, a Cold-Case Review was opened and witnesses came forward with information that placed Malone at the scene of the crime.

These witnesses, Geraldine Brennan and Jude Curran, will be appearing onscreen for the first time to tell their stories and how Kilkenny residents banded together to solve Nancy’s murder 30 years later.

Nancy murder and Malone’s conviction feature in the first episode of a new true crime documentary series is coming to TG4 this month.

Episode 1 of Marú Inár Measc is a four-part series that documents the impact that murder cases have on families and communities in Ireland.

Narrated by Doireann Ní Bhriain, it will feature compelling interviews with those closest to the cases as well as testimonies from gardaí, journalists, and members of the local communities.

Viewers can also expect to see some previously-unseen photographs from crime scenes as investigators explain how the perpetrators were brought to justice.

Later episodes focus on the abduction and murder of 23-year-old Phyllis Murphy, the killing of Sharon Murphy and her children when her home was purposely set ablaze, and the murder of Joyce Quinn in the Curragh Plains in 1996.

The first episode of Marú Inár Measc airs on Wednesday, 19th May on TG4 at 9.30pm.

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