Tributes paid to highly respected Pat Muckian

Tributes have been paid to Patricia ‘Pat’ Muckian who passed away on Monday evening in Beaumont hospital from head injuries she suffered after an alleged hatchet attack whilst she was at a tea party to celebrate her sister-in-law’s 75th birthday.
Patricia ‘Pat’ Muckian suffered severe head trauma, while her sister-in-law Mairead and niece Maria were also injured.

The three women were enjoying tea and cake to celebrate Mairead Muckian’s 75th birthday in the kitchen of her home in the Glenwood estate in Dundalk on the afternoon of May 3 when the attack occurred.

Nicholas Muckian (47) of Glenwood, Dundalk has appeared before Dundalk District Court in relation to the incident. He is charged with three counts of assault causing harm at the same location.

Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú paid tribute to Pat Muckian, who died in hospital on Monday evening.
The Sinn Féin TD said his heart ‘goes out to the family and the wider community’, following Ms Muckian’s death.
He said: ‘Pat would have been known from her time in Dundalk Credit Union where she held every level of position and was involved in the wider community work that has become synonymous with the credit union.

‘She comes from a very big and well respected family and her seven sisters are still alive. She lost one sister and three brothers and while she was not the eldest of the family, she was viewed as the matriarch of the clan.

‘She had over 20 nieces and nephews and was very supportive of them. The family and the wider community are devastated by her death. It is a brutal tragedy for all her family and friends.

‘This has been a very difficult time for the family since the incident on May 3. The wider community of Dundalk, her family and friends, will be incredibly supportive in the coming days and weeks, as Pat herself would have been.

‘And as much as Pat was recognised for her work at the credit union, I also know she was involved in many acts of charity over the years for which she never took the limelight and just did things because they were the right thing to do.
‘My heart goes out to the wider family at this extremely difficult time’.

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