Monday 19 August 2019

Body of man (71) found in house 'may have been dead for weeks'

Foul played ruled out as Gardaí satisfied man died of natural causes

Saint Patrick’sTerrace, Sligo where the deceased man lived alone. Photo: Carl Brennan.
Saint Patrick’sTerrace, Sligo where the deceased man lived alone. Photo: Carl Brennan.

Paul Deering

Gardaí are satisfied a man found dead at his home in the centre of Sligo last Friday died of natural causes.

It is believed the man, aged 71, may have been dead for a number of weeks.

Concerned family members contacted Gardaí and the house at St Patrick's Terrace was entered around lunchtime where they found the deceased in a downstairs room.

The man, who lived alone, was a retired postman and was single.

His body was removed to Sligo Regional Hospital where a post mortem was subsequently carried out.

An inquest into the man's death will be held at a later date. His funeral Mass takes place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 11.30am on Wednesday with burial to follow at Sligo Cemetery.

The man's death comes just a week after ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, launched its Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around this time of the year.

At the launch of the campaign Anne Doyle, former RTE broadcaster, urged members of the public to reach out to the older members of their community this Christmas and offer support to those who are living alone.

Anne Doyle commented at the launch: "Loneliness and isolation can be real problems for older people and it's important that we are all aware of this."

She continued "Today, with our hectic lifestyles, many of us know little or nothing about our neighbours. ALONE are asking people to check on their older neighbours, they may need something, even if it's only your company and your time. If an older person knows someone is looking out for them it gives them an enormous sense of security and comfort."

As part of this year's Christmas Campaign, ALONE is also urging older people not to be afraid to ask for the care and support they deserve and are entitled to.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said: "Over the winter period calls for support dramatically increase and loneliness is one of the main issues that older people face. Many older people think that by asking for help and support they are bothering people. We want them to know that they deserve more than a little help and support and they shouldn't be afraid to ask for it. For those who may feel that they have no one to ask for help, ALONE offers supports and services that can link older people back in with their community and neighbours.

ALONE say there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas including calling by an older persons house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping. ALONE can be contacted on (01)679 1032.

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