Friday 15 November 2019

Vigil held for brothers who were 'epitome of innocence'

Greg Harkin

A RELATIVE of the Blaine brothers broke down in tears as a vigil was held in their memory.

Theresa Dunne, whose husband Paul was a cousin of Jack (76) and Tom (69), wept as prayers were said outside the home where the two pensioners were bludgeoned to death in the early hours of Wednesday.

Local people queued to sign a book of condolences which will be kept outside the house until a funeral Mass this weekend.

The killer, or killers, of the Blaine brothers had robbed Castlebar of "our boys", the town's mayor said.

Cllr Noreen Heston, whose sister Helen Maloney was the care worker who found the bodies of Tom and Jack, laid a wreath at their home at a vigil last night.

"Jack and Tom were our boys and and they were taken from us and they shouldn't have died like that," she said as she adjourned the town's monthly council meeting as a mark of respect.

She later laid a wreath in lilies "because those were Jack's favourite flowers," she said.

"Tom and Jack lived their whole lives together and unfortunately they died in this horrible way together."

Ger Deere, a Fine Gael councillor and Taoiseach Enda Kenny's constituency aide, was emotional as he spoke about the brothers whose home is just metres from his office.

"They were the epitomy of innocence and decency; I was privileged to know them my whole life and I was a better person for having known them for their simplistic life," he said.

Irish Independent

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