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Nun strangled in Irish convent

DUBLIN, Ireland -- A nun found dead in the grounds of her convent had been sexually assaulted and strangled, police have said.

The nun, named locally as Sister Philomena Lyons, 68, was found dead outside St Joseph's convent in County Monaghan late Saturday night after police were called in after she was reported missing.

Other nuns raised the alarm when the former teacher, from Sacred Heart order in Ballybay, failed to catch a bus to meet her colleagues at a convent in Dublin.

Her handbag was found in the grounds of the convent, and her body was discovered some distance away, police said on Sunday.

The group of about 20 nuns at the convent were said to be in deep shock.

Sister Philomena had lived in Ballybay for the last 30 years after moving from her native Mallow in Cork to work as a teacher before retiring two years ago.


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