Monday 18 December 2017

Tragic mum of bride died just hours after daughter's wedding

Rose Glynn: coroner returned a verdict of death by natural causes
Rose Glynn: coroner returned a verdict of death by natural causes

A NEW bride was called from her hotel room to be told that her mother had died early on the morning after the wedding.

Rose Glynn (56) of Monument Road, Menlo, Galway, was found on a balcony at Lisloughrey Lodge, Cong, at 6.30am on June 30 last.

It was the morning after her daughter Carrie had married and held her wedding reception at the hotel.

As her daughter was the only next of kin known to the hotel staff, the bride was the first of the family alerted to the tragedy.

The inquest heard that Carrie Glynn was "naturally hysterical with grief" when she was informed of her mother's death early that morning.

Coroner for south Mayo, John O'Dwyer, returned a verdict of death by natural causes.

When asked by Carrie Glynn if her mother would still be alive had she not married on that day, Mr O'Dwyer said that because of her mother's heart problems, she could have passed away at any time.

"You should not blame yourself for this, you need to live your life," he added.

Mrs Glynn was first noticed slumped against the balcony railing by Damien O'Toole, who was delivering papers to the hotel that morning.

He alerted hotel night porter Brian Joyce. When they failed to get a response from Mrs Glynn, they rang emergency services and gained access to the balcony with a ladder. Attempts were made to resuscitate Mrs Glynn using CPR and a defibrillator but to no avail and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Joyce was told that the doctor needed to notify the next of kin, and he knew that the only next of kin present was the bride. He went to the bridal suite and told the young woman her mother was with a doctor, who needed to speak to her.

She went to her mother's room, where she was told of the tragic death.


Mrs Glynn's husband Michael had returned home on the night of the wedding as pre-agreed to look after some animals, leaving the reception at 11.45pm.

He said his wife was in a "jovial mood" on the night and had not complained of feeling unwell. However, she had complained of excess sweat on the nape of her neck in the days leading up to the wedding and was getting her heart checked, as there was a history of coronary problems in her family.

The inquest heard Mrs Glynn was an "inveterate" smoker of 40 cigarettes a day. The morning after the wedding, Mr Glynn received a call from his daughter Nicola at 7.45am to tell him his wife had died.

Dr Fadel Bennani found that Mrs Glynn had died from acute myocardial infarction.

By Ciara Galvin

Irish Independent

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