Sunday 19 February 2017

'I haven't been to my son's grave' - Mum's pain as she remains homeless after house fire son died in

Published 22/06/2016 | 08:22

Destroyed house in Macroom and inset Kenny 'Kenneth' Relihan
Destroyed house in Macroom and inset Kenny 'Kenneth' Relihan

A MOTHER has said she can't face going to her son's grave after he died in a house fire she only managed to narrowly escaped last month.

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Noreen McAuliffe was left in a coma after escaping a house fire which killed her son Kenny Relihan (26) and family friend Noel O'Mahony (62).

It is believed the fire started after a chip pan went ablaze accidentally in the kitchen at the house in Macroom in Co Cork.

Noreen only managed to escape after jumping from an upstairs window - however her resulting injuries saw her lie in a coma during her son's funeral.

"I haven't been to my son's grave yet as I just can't face it", she told Neil Prendeville on Cork's Red FM.

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"I wasn't at Kenny's funeral because I was in a coma. I missed everything. It's all like a dream. I haven't been able to process it at all."

She also describes her last memories of the fire before falling into the coma.

"I woke up and there was smoke billowing. I screamed out the window. Noel helped me up and I jumped.

"I don't even know why de didn't because he could have.

Noreen still is yet to receive a new house from Cork county council, and says staying with her daughter has made it difficult for her to fully grieve.

"It was a council house, I was there 40 years. I reared all my family out of it, I miss it so much.

"I'm sleeping on the couch in my daughter's house as she has three children, I can't sleep at all.

"In my own place I could close the door and grieve on my own. There's small children here where I am at the moment and I can't be seen crying in front of them."

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