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Enduring grief: ‘I think about her every single day'

Eilis Downey on life after the tragic death by suicide of her sister Lynn

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Eilis Downey. Picture by David Conachy.

Eilis Downey. Picture by David Conachy.

Lynn and Eilis

Lynn and Eilis

Lynn and Eilis

Lynn and Eilis

The two sisters Lynn and Eilis

The two sisters Lynn and Eilis

The sisters in the back garden of the family home

The sisters in the back garden of the family home

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Eilis Downey. Picture by David Conachy.

Before Lynn died, Eilis and her younger sister lived in each other’s pockets. Four years between them, unlike their brother who comes between them in age, they shared a temperament.

My brother’s real quiet, me and Lynn are… not,” Eilis laughs now. They worked in the same salon; Eilis is a make-up artist, Lynn was training to become a hairdresser. They still lived together in their mother’s home in the Dublin suburb of Knocklyon, and they socialised together.


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