Monday 24 November 2014

Tributes pour for OAP who fell to her death cleaning windows

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 09/07/2013 | 12:46

Sarah Theelin (82)
Avondale House

AN elderly woman plunged to her death in Dublin's inner city last night while cleaning a window of her fourth floor apartment.

Sarah Theelin (82) was in the process of washing her window on North Cumberland Street at 8.30pm when the tragic incident took place.

Known affectionately as Sadie to her family, the woman lived in the flat at Avondale House alone following the death of her husband.

The pensioner, who is believed to have fallen into the park area surrounding the complex, was rushed to Mater Hospital, but later died.

Sarah, who hails from a large family of nine girls and four boys, was fondly remembered by her family, who described their shock.

Tragically,the Dublin native had just returned from her sister’s nearby flat and was still wearing her jacket.

“I can't believe it, I am still in shock,” Sarah's youngest sister Catherine said. “We had asked her to stay with us many times, but she liked living in her own flat with memories of her husband and they had no children.”

It is believed that the 82-year-old had moved a chair across to the window and stood up on it in an attempt to clean bird droppings from the glass using a cloth on a stick.

She then lost her balance.

“We are very surprised that she even made it up on the chair because she was crippled with arthritis,” explained Catherine.

“We are all just devastated, she as a great sister and we were very close.”

North inner city councillor Christy Burke today paid tribute to the woman who he described as “very respected in the community”.

“She was a lovely, low-key lady and is a very sad loss to the area,” Christy told the Herald.

“She was a highly respected senior citizen and was very involved in the community and the type that everyone would know.

“The north inner city community is deeply saddened by the loss and she will be missed,” he added.

Witnesses who saw the incident at Avondale House on North Cumberland Street called the emergency services.

But Sarah was pronounced dead at approximately 9pm.

Gardaí said the matter was being treated as a sudden death.

While a report is being prepared for the coroner, there is no separate Garda investigation into the incident.

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