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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Maureen was a beautiful lady....she was so excited at the birth of her first grand-daughter' - Retired vet took own life after his wife died suddenly

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 02/11/2016 | 20:03

The house in the Ashfield Park estate in Naas, Co. Kildare where the remains of an elderly couple were discovered in their home yesterday. Photo Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The house in the Ashfield Park estate in Naas, Co. Kildare where the remains of an elderly couple were discovered in their home yesterday. Photo Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A husband took his own life after the death of his wife - who was his full-time carer - from a suspected heart attack.

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The bodies of retired veterinary surgeon Colm Bradley and his wife Maureen, both in their 70s, were found by gardaí in their home in Naas in Co Kildare on Monday.

The couple had lived in their two-storey house for more than a quarter of a century.

A post mortem examination revealed Mrs Bradley had died of natural causes.

It is understood the post mortem showed that Mr Bradley took his own life following his wife's death.

Mr Bradley had been ill for a number of years and his wife was his full-time carer.

Flowers at the house in the Ashfield Park estate in Naas, Co. Kildare where the remains of an elderly couple were discovered in their home yesterday..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Flowers at the house in the Ashfield Park estate in Naas, Co. Kildare where the remains of an elderly couple were discovered in their home yesterday..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Their bodies were found on Monday morning in Ashfield Park, a development of large detached homes in the town.

Maureen was originally from Castlemaine, Co Kerry, and it is also believed her husband was from Kerry.

Their daughter Caroline, a mother-of-three, lives in England and she immediately travelled to Ireland when informed of her parents' deaths.

Gardaí had sealed off the house yesterday, while an examination of the scene was carried out.

The discovery of the couple's bodies took place after a friend of Maureen's failed to make contact with her.

Her friend usually drove Maureen to daily Mass at the local Church of the Irish Martyrs.

On Monday morning, she alerted gardaí who went to the well-kept estate and managed to gain entry to the house.

Neighbours and friends spoke of their shock and sadness at the couple's deaths.

"Maureen was a kind and gentle soul who looked after her husband for several years. Colm was mainly confined to bed and was rarely seen in recent times," said a family friend.

A neighbour said: "Maureen was telling me only recently how excited she was at the birth of her third grandchild. It was her first grand-daughter and she was so delighted.

"Maureen went to church every day and was great for sending cards for first communions and weddings and births. She was a brilliant neighbour."

The neighbour said "Maureen was a beautiful lady. Everyone was very fond of her.

"She had been a full-time housewife and she did all the shopping and caring for her husband."

She had raised funds in former years by embarking on fasts to support Third World development projects.

Another female friend said: "She kept her garden immaculate. She really was a saint and the kindest, gentlest person you could meet.

"She loved cats and she was very fond of tending to her flowers."

Local independent councillor Sheamie Moore (77), who lives a few doors away from the Bradley home, said: "Maureen was a very kindly and had a lovely rural sense of humour.

"She was a frequent sight on her bicycle until she became a bit more frail when I would give her an occasional lift to the shops and back.

"Her husband was a very quiet man and wasn't seen out much."

"We are all in shock at what has happened. Most of the people living around here have lived here for decades. It is so sad," he said.

A garda remained on duty outside the house yesterday. The couple's cream-coloured Volkswagen car remained parked in the driveway.

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