Woman arrested over vicious murder of homeless chef Timmy Hourihane in Cork
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Woman arrested over vicious murder of homeless chef Timmy Hourihane in Cork

A WOMAN has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of chef Timothy Hourihane in Cork last year.

A talented chef who previously catered to the likes of Elton John, Mr Hourihane battled alcohol addiction for much of his life.

At the time of his death he was sleeping on the streets having fallen on hard times.

The woman is the third person to be arrested by gardai as part of the investigation.

Mr Hourihane was found badly beaten next to a burning tent on Mardyke Walk at around 12.45am on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

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The victim of a brutal attack, the 53-year-old was rushed to nearby Cork University Hospital but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

The motives behind the vicious and sustained attack are as yet unknown.

Gardai have confirmed that a woman, said to be in her 30s, has been arrested by officers investigating Mr Hourihane’s death.

She is being held at Bridewell garda station.

A garda spokesman said: "A woman in her 30s was arrested in Cork this morning by investigating Gardaí.

"The investigation is ongoing."

Born in Bantry, Mr Hourinhane previously spoke about the struggles with homelessness during an interview with the Irish Times back in 2017.

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“Homelessness is out of control,” he said. “When you sleep on the streets you are lucky to wake up with your trainers still on.”

"It has happened to me where I have woken up with one trainer missing. You have to laugh cos you think why didn’t they take the two?"