A MAN found dead at his home in an affluent south Dublin suburb had been left undiscovered from before Christmas, gardai believe.
An investigation has been launched after the remains of Peter Sheehan (59) were discovered at Birch Dale, Westminster Park, Foxrock in Dublin.
Gardai made the grim discovery after they were notified by a local that Mr Sheehan had not been seen in the affluent suburb for a number of weeks.
The blinds in the house had been pulled down and there had been no activity for some time.
Officers made a call to the address at around 11.30am yesterday and discovered the badly decomposed remains of Mr Sheehan at the bottom of the stairs.
It is understood that Mr Sheehan, who was unmarried and lived in the house alone, could have been there for almost three months.
His remains were removed to Loughlinstown Hospital and a post-mortem is due to be carried out today.
A garda spokesman said that it wouldn't be clear whether the circumstances of the death were suspicious until the results of the post-mortem were known. The cause of death was not apparent due to the state of decomposition of the remains, but foul play was not immediately suspected.
Gardai conducted door-to-door enquiries yesterday to try to determine Mr Sheehan's last movements.
Locals said that Mr Sheehan had moved into the area around five years ago and kept mostly to himself.
He was described as friendly but shy, but was considered by some to be somewhat eccentric.
Family members would sometimes visit Mr Sheehan at the address and the house was renovated in recent years.
Mr Sheehan's family did not want to comment on his death when contacted yesterday.
The discovery caused shock in the small, quiet Foxrock estate not far from the family home of former Miss World Rosanna Davison.
"It's sad to think that he was there for so long and nobody knew," one man said.
In March last year the body of Alan Moore (61) was discovered at his rented apartment in Wexford town three months after he had died.
Gardai eventually managed to get in touch with relatives in his native Salford near Manchester by posting a notice in a local newspaper.
Mr Moore was a gifted guitar player, singer and songwriter but had become reclusive towards the end of his life.