THE mother of a young woman whose body was recovered from a Cork river alongside that of a homeless man had a premonition her missing daughter would not be found alive.
Gardai stressed that they are not treating as suspicious the deaths of the duo, named locally as Michelle O’Riordan (27) and Patrick ‘Pad’ O’Driscoll (53), whose bodies were recovered from the River Lee at Customs House Quay just metres apart on Sunday night.
Both had been users of Cork Simon and Cork Penny Dinners services in the city. The pair were not romantically involved.
Gardai stressed that the matter is being treated as “a tragic incident” and it remains unclear whether the pair may have accidentally fallen into the river in the dark as they wandered along the quays.
“We are just heartbroken. Her family, her friends, everyone, we tried absolutely everything but she wouldn’t listen to us,” said Michelle’s mother, Rita.
“We were worried about her all the time. I feared in my heart and soul I was going to get bad news sometime.
“When she went missing, I just knew she was gone. I feared that she would be found dead. I had a sense this would happen.”