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Lonely deaths in a fractured society are not as uncommon as we’d like to think

Chrissie Russell


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The scene where the bodies of a couple were found in a house near Cloneen, Co Tipperary. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.

The scene where the bodies of a couple were found in a house near Cloneen, Co Tipperary. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.

The scene where the bodies of a couple were found in a house near Cloneen, Co Tipperary. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.

One of the first stories I remember working on as a newly fledged journalist 14 years ago was that of a Belfast pensioner whose body lay undiscovered for a considerable time. The man had died in the three months before, but somehow his absence had gone unnoticed.

They remembered him in the local shop, and in the bookies, where he always liked to sit in the same seat at the window and watch his race results come up on the screen above. They remembered him always wearing a big leather hat.


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