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Thursday 14 December 2017

Children orphaned as parents die suddenly

Kathryn Hayes

FOUR young children were left orphaned yesterday following the tragic deaths of their parents who died within 24 hours of one other.

The children's father was found dead at a house in Co Clare yesterday afternoon while their 32-year-old mother died at the family home at Ash Grove in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick, on Tuesday. State Pathologist Marie Cassidy carried out a post-mortem on the body of Winifred 'Winnie' O'Connor nee Harty at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick yesterday.

Gardai say they are treating the tragedy as a "sudden death".

The woman's husband John 'Johnny' O'Connor, also in his 30s, was found dead yesterday at a house in Sixmilebridge. His death is also not being treated as suspicious. The couple's oldest child is seven. The family were settled members of the Travelling community.

Irish Independent

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