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The Age of Indulgence
Before the Celtic Tiger, the Naul in north County Dublin was a sleepy market garden village which had depopulated over much of the late 20th Century as local smallholders had given way to bigger farms. The boom period saw an influx of yuppie couples, and local schools and crèches sprung into life. House prices boomed. Rachel O'Reilly and her husband, Joe, bought their detached bungalow on the outskirts of the village for €240,000 in December 2003.
In October 2004, the two-car couple were typical of the new breed of country dwellers who had moved out from the city to begin the good life for their two boys aged three and 18 months. Rachel made friends easily and was popular with the other young parents, actively participating in school and sporting events. She played in the local softball league for young families. Joe, a teetotaller, was less gregarious. He worked long hours for an outdoor advertising agency in west Dublin, had a long commute and rose early each day to go to a gym before work. He was paid very well as a depot manager, almost €80,000 a year, enough to allow Rachel to stop work and raise her children.
He rose at around 5am on October 4, a Monday, and left the house without waking his wife and children for his morning workout at the gym in City West in west Dublin. She woke three hours later in time for the children to be dropped off at the local national school and Montessori.