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Talented music teacher (50) died after falling 25ft from 3rd floor apartment window

The Dublin Coroner's Court
The Dublin Coroner's Court

Louise Roseingrave

A talented music teacher died after she fell an estimated 25ft from the window of her third floor apartment, an inquest heard.

Gloria Mulhall (50) who lived at the Newmarket Square apartment complex in Dublin 8, died of multiple traumatic injuries on December 17 2014.

Ms Mulhall was found lying directly beneath the ‘wide open’ window of her apartment by neighbours shortly after 4pm.

Described in tributes following her death as ‘an outstanding musician, composer and teacher’ Ms Mulhall was a highly regarded lecturer at Griffith College in Dublin and at Walton’s New School of Music.

Head of the Music and Drama faculty at Griffith College Karen Casey said she worked there for ten years.

“I have known her all these years. All of her work was excellent, she always got good feedback from students. She was an excellent teacher and the grades students returned tended to be higher than average on a yearly basis," Ms Casey said.

The deceased’s brother, James Mulhall said his sister had visited him in the days prior to her death. She had ordered a new car to collect in early 2015 and had booked a trip to New York. She had decorated her apartment for Christmas, Mr Mulhall told Dublin Coroner’s Court.

Neighbour Brian Gorey raised the alarm after another neighbour knocked on his door and told him there was a woman lying on the ground.

Garda Susan Plunkett responded to a call at 4.30pm. She said Dublin Fire Brigade determined there was no sign of life and Ms Mulhall was pronounced dead at 5.05pm.

In Ms Mulhall’s apartment, Gardai found an open bottle of wine and a full glass of wine on the table. She had a blood alcohol level of 127 mgs per cent, according to a toxicology report.

“That’s equivalent to around seven units, which is not a large amount of alcohol,” Deputy Coroner Maria Colbert said.

Barrister Daniel Boland, representing the Mulhall family, said Ms Mulhall had consumed around two and a half glasses of wine. The deceased sustained a fractured skull in the fall but there were no witnesses to the incident, the court heard.

The coroner returned an open verdict reflecting "the fact that I don’t have evidence one way or another."

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