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Dalkey House of Horrors survivor pleads for help in solving murder of baby Noleen Murphy as fresh Garda probe launched
Baby Noeleen Murphy was stabbed to death within hours of being born to 11 year-old Cynthia Owen in 1973irishmirror
The mother of the ‘Dalkey House of Horrors’ baby has pleaded for someone to help solve the savage murder of the one-day old girl who was stabbed 40 times with a knitting needle and dumped in a laneway.
Gardai launched their first appeal in almost 50 years for new clues to the gruesome cold case on Thursday.
Baby Noeleen Murphy was stabbed to death within hours of being born to 11 year-old Cynthia Owen in 1973.
Cynthia has since waged a campaign for justice for her child and for the reign of terror she suffered at the hands of her evil father Joseph Murphy.
She told an inquest how she gave birth to her father’s child after years of abuse.
In statements to Gardai she described how her mother took the baby which was later found with dozens of puncture wounds, wrapped in a plastic bag in a south Dublin laneway.
Both her parents have since died.
Cynthia also made other disturbing claims that her father let other men abuse her in a sordid paedophile ring.
Yesterday, her solicitor Gerry Dunne said she was “very happy” that the fresh appeal had been made.
“Cynthia is very happy with the garda approach to this. She has been pressing for a long, long time now for a public appeal,” he said.
“That public appeal 47 years after the murder of her daughter Noleen is now taking place today and she would like to very much support what the gardai have said.”
He added: “Today is about Noleen. Today is about a baby who was murdered and dumped in a laneway close to where we stand now and that baby has never got justice.”
Mr Dunne said Cynthia wanted to appeal for anyone with information about her daughter’s murder to come forward.
“What Cynthia would simply say to anybody who has information is that they should come forward,” he said.
“Sometimes people are reluctant to come forward and to contact authorities, sometimes people don’t want to talk to gardai for whatever reasons. But at the end of the day that is what they should do.
“Anyone as a parent should think about it. If your daughter, son or child, was tragically murdered and dumped in a laneway I think all of us as parents would like to see justice for our child in those circumstances.”
Gardai issued the appeal in Dun Laoghaire station yesterday.
The body of baby Noleen Murphy was found in a laneway known to locals in the south Dublin neighbourhood as Lee’s Lane by two schoolboys on April 4, 1973.
It is believed she died within 24 hours of being born.
Detective Superintendent Martin Creighton said a post-mortem examination at the time determined that the baby had “suffered a violent death” and a murder investigation was launched.
“Appeals for information via the media formed part of the investigation, however no suspect of the killing of the baby was identified at the time,” he said.
In 2007 an inquest was held into the death of the baby at Dublin Coroner’s Court which formally identified Cynthia Owen as the baby’s mother.
“The baby was named by Cynthia as Noleen Murphy,” Det Supt Creighton said.
“We are here today to appeal for information into the death of baby Noleen who suffered a violent death within 24 hours of birth.”
Detective Superintendent Creighton said the case has been a matter of “sustained garda investigation” but “all available lines of inquiry have now been exhausted”.
“It remains the case that no one has yet been charged with baby Noleen’s murder,” he said.
“It’s our belief that somebody, somewhere out there, has information that could be of vital assistance to the investigation team here in Dun Laoghaire surrounding baby Noleen’s murder and I’m appealing for those persons to come forward.”
He said the appeal was being made after so long because the baby and her mother deserve justice.
“The passage of time is a major factor in this appeal,” the Det Supt said. 138259307782
“There may be someone with that important piece of information that didn’t come forward at the time, but who now, with a change of circumstances, passage of time, feels they may be ready to come forward.
“If you are that person I would appeal to you to reach out and make contact with the investigation team here at Dun Laoghaire.”
Anyone with information which will assist in this investigation should contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station on 01 666 5000;