Belfast Telegraph

Tragic mum's family 'raw with grief'

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

The family of a young mother who died suddenly in unexplained circumstances say they are shattered by her death.

Olivia Reilly (29), who had a nine-year-old son, was found dead in her home.

Police are investigating her death as well as that of Noel Reilly (36), whose body was discovered hours later less than a mile away in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.

Ms Reilly was originally from the village of Kinawley, about 15 miles away. Her parents were too upset to comment yesterday but relatives said the entire family circle was "raw with grief".

"We are shattered," said one.

"We are still trying to come to terms with this. It's very hard."

Ms Reilly's sister Amanda returned to Northern Ireland from her home in Australia when told of the death of her younger sibling.

It is the second blow to the family following the death of Ms Reilly's older brother Kevin 11 years ago, said the parish priest who administered the last rites to the young mother on Sunday evening.

The care worker died at Trasna Way, a housing estate near the centre of the town.

A member of staff at a bar in Kinawley where Ms Reilly previously worked said she had an infectious smile.

The man, who asked not to be named, said the family was highly respected in the village, adding: "She was the best, a great girl."

Sean Lynch, a Sinn Fein MLA, lives in the Carrowshee area where Mr Reilly was found at his home.

"I knew Noel to see and know his mother's family very well.

"He was a quiet fella who walked around a lot of the time on his own, just keeping to himself," he said.

"Many of the family were well connected with the GAA club in the area."

Mr Lynch added: "There's a stunned silence around the town with the news of the two deaths.

"I met Noel's family yesterday evening and some members of the family were only hearing the news at that time.

"They were stunned and in disbelief."

Post-mortem examinations were due to be carried out yesterday in an effort to determine the cause of their deaths.

Police said it was too early to speculate on what had killed them and whether drugs may have been a factor in either or both cases.

A funeral Mass for Ms Reilly will take place at St Naile's, Kinawley, at 11am today. Funeral plans for Mr Reilly were being finalised last night.

BACKGROUND

Olivia Reilly (29) and 36-year-old Noel Reilly – who are not related – were found dead at separate locations in Lisnaskea. Ms Reilly's body was found at a house in the Trasna Way area at about 7.30pm on Sunday. Mr Reilly's body was discovered at a house in Carrowshee Avenue shortly after midday on Monday. A possible link between the deaths is being investigated. It is understood that a drugs link is one potential line of enquiry.

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