JAMES Cahillane lived alone in a secluded bungalow in Ardraw, less than 200 yards from the main Beaufort-killorglin line and approximately four miles from Killorglin.
Named 'Palma Lodge', the single storey L-shaped home is surrounded by trees and shrubbery. A curved driveway leads to the house which is partially blocked from view by mature shrubbery. The property has been gutted by fire, the tiled roof caved in, windows blown out.
On Monday afternoon more than a dozen garda, members of the garda forensics team, combed the area. Three garda vans were parked at the scene. Several gardaí were cutting grass with slash hooks in search of vital clues. There was an eerie silence. Local residents remained indoors, out of sight from the media attention which is now focused on the rural area.
Flowers remained outside a closed gate which had been draped in garda tape. Flowers were laid early on Thursday morning, just hours after the devastating fire, but before news of more sinister circumstances surrounding the home owner's death emerged.
The third bungalow from the main road, a small field laden with reeds separates the property from the nearest residence less than 100 yards away. Also known as Cooleanig, it's a quiet road just one car wide. St Mary's of the Angels facility and St Francis Special School are less than half a mile away as the crow flies and can be seen from the roadside. The road leads into Kilgobnet and The Board of Works at the western end of Beaufort Parish, in a scenic area overshadowed by the Macgillycuddy Reeks which has now attracted outside interest for all the wrong reasons.