Friday 24 November 2017

'They weren't as isolated as was being made out' - Humble brothers discovered dead in home to be buried today

Friends pay tribute to elderly deaf brothers William and Daniel McCarthy, who were found dead in their home, writes Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

When the bodies of deaf brothers, William and Daniel McCarthy, were discovered at the home they shared in Bluebell, Dublin last week, their deaths became a symbol of urban isolation. They had died within days or weeks of each other, unknown to their community, behind closed doors.

Neighbours described the brothers as private people who kept to themselves. Some admitted they didn't even know their names. They were, said one report, like shadows in their community.

But a tribute delivered at Mass at the Emmaus Chapel yesterday, by the brothers' friends the Nealon and Monaghan families, recalled the men. Gentle men, humble characters who "chose their paths", and "lived a life in their own way".

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