Saturday 19 August 2017

'Maureen died of heart failure, and Colm of a broken heart' - Funeral of elderly couple who died at their home in Naas

Flowers outside the Bradleys’ home in Naas Picture: Tony Gavin
Flowers outside the Bradleys’ home in Naas Picture: Tony Gavin
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The funeral of the elderly Naas couple whose bodies were found at their home last Monday heard that they died just weeks after the birth of their third grandchild.

Maureen and Colm Bradley’s bodies were found at their home in Ashfield Park, Naas on Monday morning, October 31 by Gardai after a concerned neighbour raised the alarm.

Postmortems have discovered that Maureen Bradley died of natural causes, and her husband died tragically soon after.

Their son-in-law Alan Doyle revealed that “Maureen died of heart failure, and Colm of a broken heart”.

The house where Colm and Maureen Bradley were found dead in Ashfield Park, Naas, Co Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin
The house where Colm and Maureen Bradley were found dead in Ashfield Park, Naas, Co Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin

Their only child Caroline was the chief mourner at the funeral Mass yesterday morning at the Church of Our Lady and St. David in Naas, Co. Kildare.

She was joined by locals, relatives and friends of the couple from Castlemaine, Co. Kerry, and Longwood, Co. Meath, Maureen and Colm’s home towns respectively.

The couple died just weeks after the birth of Caroline and Alan’s third child - their first daughter - Isabella.

Maureen had been over to the UK, where the couple live, to see her grandchild six weeks ago.

Alan told the congregation that Isabella’s first trip back to Ireland was due to take place this weekend to celebrate her grandfather’s 75th birthday.

Instead she had to make her first trip over “a little sooner”.

Fr. Liam Morgan opened the funeral Mass saying that “we are deeply conscious of the sadness and sorrow you carry, trying to cope with the unexpected, and the grief that is doubly difficult with the loss of your Mam and your Dad.

“We come with a great sense of support and solidarity to be with, especially, Caroline and Alan, at this time, and to offer to them our support, comfort and our prayer”.

And he urged them: “I hope that you will hear anew those beautiful words of the gospel when Jesus said ‘do not let your hearts be troubled’.”

Speaking on behalf of his wife, Mr Doyle said he wanted to speak to the congregation “about love - the love of a parent for a child, and the love of a man for his wife”.

He spoke about how the couple met 39 years ago, and eventually ended up in Kildare, where Caroline was born, something he said he was eternally grateful for. He outlined how Colm’s work as a vet brought him to Kerry where he met Maureen, the eldest of six children.

And even though the couple moved to Kildare, Maureen never forgot her Kerry roots.

Mr Doyle echoed earlier comments of Fr Morgan that the community of Naas had been of huge support to Caroline since the deaths of her parents, and how much it was appreciated.

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