Thursday 23 November 2017

Villagers demand ‘bad luck’ cottage be demolished after five deaths

The house of Susan and Patrick Dunne in Lixnaw Co Kerry
The house of Susan and Patrick Dunne in Lixnaw Co Kerry
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

Residents of a Kerry village want a house associated with the deaths five people to be demolished.

Locals in Lixnaw want the council-owned property demolished, after a woman died violently there last year.

Susan Dunne moved into the house with her 18-year-old autistic son just months before her death.

Her son Patrick now stands accused of her murder.

The local parish priest told The Irish Examiner that locals believe there is ‘mi-adh’, or bad luck, associated with the house.

It is believed that the unassuming cottage replaced an older structure at the site sometime in the second half of the last century.

There have been five deaths associated with the property in the decades since.

One man who lived there was stabbed in Wales, another died in a road accident, while there have been three tragic deaths in the house – all involving different families.

The issues of the property was brought to the council’s attention by means of a motion tabled at the first meeting of the Listowel electoral area council.

The council has confirmed that it is considering the call to knock the cottage, however is doing so with sensitivity as the personal belongings of Ms Dunne remain at the house.

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