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Saturday 16 December 2017

Neighbours recall victim Patricia as a 'quiet, polite woman'

A garda outside the house where Ms O’Connor lived at Mountain View Park in Nutgrove. Photo: Arthur Carron
A garda outside the house where Ms O’Connor lived at Mountain View Park in Nutgrove. Photo: Arthur Carron

Robin Schiller

Murder victim Patricia O'Connor has been remembered as a "quiet and polite woman" who kept to herself by neighbours in the south Dublin estate where she lived.

The 61-year-old had been living in Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, on-and-off for several years.

She shared the family home with her husband, daughter, her daughter's partner and five grandchildren, locals said.

The property is located across from Nutgrove Shopping Centre where the family are believed to have been living over the past two decades.

Ms O'Connor, who neighbours said had lived in Kilkenny in previous years, worked as a chef at the nearby Mount Carmel Community Hospital. The mother of two originally left the Nutgrove home around 10 years ago but is understood to have returned in the past 12 months.

Locals in the area last night expressed their shock at the news of her murder in the quiet suburban street.

Gardaí search one of the crime scenes at a field outside Blackwater, Co Wexford. Photo: Mary Browne
Gardaí search one of the crime scenes at a field outside Blackwater, Co Wexford. Photo: Mary Browne

They gathered on the road as gardaí stood guard outside the four-bedroom property on the road.

Disbelief

"Patricia was a lovely woman. She moved out of the area 10 years ago but returned around a year ago.

"She kept to herself but she would always say hello and goodbye. She was very polite," one local woman said.

Gardaí search the the Glenmacnass Waterfall in the Wicklow Mountains where some of Ms O’Connor’s remains were found. Photo: Collins
Gardaí search the the Glenmacnass Waterfall in the Wicklow Mountains where some of Ms O’Connor’s remains were found. Photo: Collins

Another lady said she was well acquainted with Ms O'Connor's daughter, who was living at the property.

She said everyone in the area was in disbelief that the human remains found in the Wicklow Mountains were those of Ms O'Connor.

"They were very a nice family, it's just hard to believe. It's a quiet enough area around here, so you wouldn't expect anything bad to happen, never mind someone being killed.

"Her daughter would always be very friendly and help me out if I needed anything. I just can't get over it," she said.

Others said that they were aware that Ms O'Connor was missing from her home.

A family member had reported Ms O'Connor missing on June 2. However, neighbours said they did not suspect anything sinister about it. "She had been gone for so long that people didn't think too much of it. She was only back a year so it didn't seem too suspicious that Patricia had left again," a woman said.

In fact, the last sighting of Ms O'Connor was by a neighbour who saw her power-hosing her driveway.

Irish Independent

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