Wednesday 7 December 2016

A decent man dies outside his door

Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30

You don't have to go back too many generations to remember a time when a key could be left in a village hall door or when an elderly person could expect a modicum of respect in the street. As the tragedy of John O'Donoghue will attest, even a locked door can be an invitation - and an elderly person an added inducement - to burgle and terrorise.

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Mr O' Donoghue, who was described by villagers as "a very decent man", died just yards from his hall door, collapsing in the footsteps of the fleeing thieves, who had just ransacked the home he shared with his sister. He had a heart attack and the locals believe he died from shock. His traumatised sister Christina tried to revive him.

Local parish priest Fr Tony Ryan gave him the Last Rites. Fr Ryan did not mince his words. He spoke of the fear that people live in since the garda station in Doon was closed, along with so many others around the country. The nearest station now is 32km away.

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