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Not suspicious: Gardaí investigate the discovery of the body of a man in his 50s in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Not suspicious: Gardaí investigate the discovery of the body of a man in his 50s in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Not suspicious: Gardaí investigate the discovery of the body of a man in his 50s in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gardaí have ruled out foul play in the death of a man whose body was found in his home after they were alerted to an attempted break-in.

Eric Rooney (50) was found by gardaí who went to the house in St Michael's Road in Drumcondra, Dublin.

The discovery was made when gardaí received a call that a number of men were attempting to break into a house at around 11pm on Saturday.

However, when they arrived at the scene there were no other people present, and the body of Mr Rooney was located in the house.

Mr Rooney's body was removed from the scene yesterday afternoon for a post-mortem examination which was carried out last night. Following this, gardaí are not treating the death as suspicious.

Mr Rooney's family was being contacted by gardaí yesterday.

Fr Martin O'Shea, priest in residence at Corpus Christi church on Home Farm Road in Drumcondra, said the news will come as a great shock to the local community.

"Especially in an area like that where you don't expect something like this to happen," he said.

"It's always very sad when someone dies alone like that," he said.

"I have deep sympathy for the family, it's always very upsetting, a sudden death like that," he said.

Local Dublin city councillor Ciaran Perry said the area where the tragedy occurred is normally very quiet.

Mr Perry said Mr Rooney's home is located near Tolka Park, which he described as "a very peaceful, quiet area".

"You'd rarely get any complaints at all from there," he told the Irish Independent.

"It would be very unusual for something like that to happen in the area," he said.

The area is home to a lot of elderly people and locals are in shock at news of the sudden death, he added.

Fellow Dublin City councillor Cat O'Driscoll said her heart goes out to Mr Rooney's family.

"My thoughts are for his family and condolences to his family and community," she told the Irish Independent.

"Losing a loved one is difficult enough at any time, but it is especially difficult during the pandemic due to restrictions on funerals," she added.

Gardaí said they are still investigating all of the circumstances of the death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mountjoy Garda Station on 01 6668602, the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111) or any garda station.

Irish Independent