Carlow murder-suicide farmers buried separately today
THE heartbroken wife and sister of two farmers killed in a murder-suicide will mourn the dead men at separate services today.
The death notices for both men said that each had died "in a tragic accident" at their respective homes.
Michael Jordan (63) hanged himself after shooting his brother-in-law, George Rothwell (69), at his home in Ballycormac House near Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, last week.
The two farmers were laid out side-by-side yesterday as their family, friends, neighbours and members of the Catholic and Protestant communities came to pay their respects to devastated Hilda Jordan.
Mr Rothwell was shot up to four times with a shotgun, and sheds at his farm were torched in the early hours of Wednesday morning last.
Mr Rothwell's sister, Hilda, who lived on an adjoining farm with her husband, became concerned last Wednesday morning as Mr Jordan was missing from their home. Neighbours found him hanging in the shed behind his residence.
The farmer had killed himself after shooting Hilda's brother in an apparent dispute over farmland.
The two deaths have shook the close-knit community, a few miles from Bagenalstown, to the core.
The pair had excellent reputations in farming.
Mr Rothwell was known as a "laid back" and "relaxed" man of musical talent, having played saxophone in a showband called The Roulettes for many years.
Mr Jordan was described as a "reserved" and "obliging" man who would do anything for his neighbours.
In their death notices, the family described how Mr Jordan had died following a "tragic accident at his home". Mr Jordan's body will be removed to St Andrew's Catholic Church in the town for funeral Mass this morning at 11am. His remains will be buried in the new cemetery, Ballymoon.
The death notice for Mr Rothwell also described how he lost his life in a "tragic accident at his residence".
His funeral service will be held in the Protestant church of Lorum at 2.30pm and he will be buried afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.
Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the two mens' funeral services.