Funeral takes place for Cork woman Mary O’Keeffe after body found in burning car

THE funeral has taken place of Mary O’Keeffe, whose body was found in a burning car in an isolated forest two weeks ago.

The mum-of-three had a very private funeral at the request of her family after her body was released from the morgue in Cork University Hospital on Wednesday.

Mary O'Keeffe has been laid to rest


Mary O’Keeffe has been laid to rest

The horrific death of the 72-year-old from Dromahane near Mallow in Co Cork shocked the entire community where she had lived all her life.

The alarm was raised by a walker who saw a car on fire in a clearing at Dromeer forest near Doneraile, Co Cork on February 4.


An extensive post mortem was done on Mrs O’Keeffe’s body by assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster in Cork University Hospital over a number of days.

Details of that PM were not released for operational reasons.

A 62-year-old man accused of murder will appear before the courts again on February 26 next.

Michael Leonard of Hillcrest, Glenosheen, Killmallock, Co Limerick has been charged with the murder contrary to common law on February 4th last of Mary O’Keeffe at Dromdeer East.

Mrs O’Keeffe of Russell Place in Dromhane who was described as a private but very caring person worked as a cook in a sheltered housing complex in Mallow.

She was predeceased by her husband Donal who died about 25 years ago.

She is survived by her adult children Ger, Donal and Christy, her two brothers and three sisters, Joan, Noreen and Eileen.

She had 11 grandchildren and one great grandson.

In her death notice, her family thanked the public for their kindness and support during this difficult time. An online condolence book has been set up on

Cork, Ireland – The Sun