Closing the net on killers: Gardaí give update on two unsolved Cork city murders

Closing the net on killers: Gardaí give update on two unsolved Cork city murders
Frankie Dunne was murdered at an abandoned house in the city

FILES will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions shortly in connection with the murders of two homeless men in Cork city last year.

An investigation file is nearing completion into the death of former chef Timmy Hourihane who died in October while the probe into the murder of Frankie Dunne in December is also well progressed, according to gardaí.

64-year-old Mr Dunne's dismembered body was found in the grounds of Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Road. 

The popular Churchfield man had been living nearby in supported accommodation by Cork Simon. 

No arrests have been made in that investigation.

Gardai say they have a number of "persons of interest", including one Eastern European man who travelled home the day after the body of Mr Dunne was discovered. 

He was travelling on tickets that were booked before the murder.

Timothy Hourihane who was murdered at Mardyke Walk, CorkPic from Provision
Timothy Hourihane who was murdered at Mardyke Walk, CorkPic from Provision

Gardai travelled to Romania earlier this year to interview the man as part of their probe into the brutal death.

In October, Kilcrohane native Timmy Hourihane was killed. 

Mr Hourihane,a former chef from Bantry, died in the early hours of October 13 following a brutal assault in the Mardyke Walk area of the city. 

He and other homeless people had gathered to live in tents. 

He was found close to his burning tent, with severe injuries. 

He was rushed to Cork University Hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Two people have been arrested as part of that investigation. 

A file will be sent to the DPP shortly, for directions on whether charges will be brought.

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