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She loved the old people and they all loved her... a grieving mother's tribute to her care worker daughter

By Chris Kilpatrick

A care worker who was one of two people to die suddenly in a rural town had been tending to vulnerable patients just hours before her death.

Olivia Reilly (29) and Noel Reilly (36) — who are not related — were found dead at separate locations in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.

Ms Reilly's body was found at a house at Trasna Way at about 7.30pm on Sunday.

 There were emotional scenes at a Requiem Mass for Ms Reilly at St Naile's, Kinawley, yesterday, followed by her burial.

Speaking ahead of the service, Ms Reilly’s mother Rose said the support they had received from the community since her daughter’s death was helping the family.

The mother of a nine-year-old boy was a care worker in the Lisnaskea area, a job she adored, said Rose Reilly. “She loved the old people and they loved her.”

“She was just really happy. She was actually working on the day of her death.

“She had worked in other places... before she eventually found her niche.

“She had friends in Lisnaskea, the girls she worked with, and we would have to say the support we’re getting is brilliant, the way it was with Kevin.”

Ms Reilly’s older brother Kevin died 11 years ago.

Noel Reilly's body was discovered at a house in Carrowshee Avenue shortly after midday on Monday, less than a mile away from where Ms Reilly died.

His father Brian said the family did not know the circumstances of his son’s death.

“We’re just waiting, it’s a waiting game now,” he told the Fermanagh Herald.

“He lived life to the full and was very good to his family.

“He was very popular round the town. A lot of his friends are calling here. They just can’t believe he’s gone.”

Mr Reilly revealed his family had also been struck by tragedy in the past when Noel’s elder sister Martina died in a house fire at the age of eight in 1982.

Mr Reilly’s funeral service will take place at Holy Cross church in Lisnaskea at 11am tomorrow.

Police and the families of Mr Reilly and Ms Reilly are awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations in the hope they will provide clues as to what killed the pair.

Police said it was too early to speculate on the cause of their deaths and whether drugs may have been a factor in either or both cases.

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“She loved the old people and they loved her. She was just really happy. She was actually working on the day of her death. She had worked in other places... before she eventually found her niche. She had friends in Lisnaskea, the girls she worked with, and we would have to say the support we’re getting is brilliant.” Rose Reilly, mother of Olivia Reilly.

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