Double tragedy as lovers die days apart
Published 06/03/2011 | 05:00
Just 48 hours after 25-year-old Gillian Bradley was laid to rest in Adamstown Cemetery in Wexford last Monday, her long-term boyfriend, 32-year-old Julian Rothwell, of Crossabeg, Wexford, was found dead at the foot of her grave from gunshot wounds.
Gardai found the rifle lying beside his body at the flower-decked grave of his girlfriend.
Mourners heard at Gillian's funeral that she was a beautiful young woman who was admired and loved. She died of a brain haemorrhage.
Fr Robert Nolan described Julian as a vibrant, fun-loving and charismatic person.
Last Friday, mourners were back in the small parish church at Killegney, Clonroche, to hear Reg Rothwell, Julian's father, describe how his son loved Gillian and wanted to be with her forever.
Placed outside the church was a painting easel portraying a picture of the couple, along with a picture of Julian and his dog.
"We knew Julian was grieving very badly after the death of Gillian, but we did not believe we would be at a funeral later," he told the crowded church.
Rev Roger Harmsworth, who presided at the service, spoke of how Julian's sudden death, coming so quickly after the loss of Gillian, brought great grief to both the Rothwell and Bradley families.