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Donegal pensioners Patrick and Margaret Doherty found dead may have died in separate falls


Gardai at the scene

Gardai at the scene

The property on Fountain Terrace in Convoy, Co Donegal, where two pensioners died

The property on Fountain Terrace in Convoy, Co Donegal, where two pensioners died


Gardai at the scene

Gardai are investigating if an elderly couple died after suffering injuries in separate falls in their bedroom.

The bodies of (76) were found by a relative at their home in Convoy, Co Donegal yesterday.

The couple were well known in the area and had returned from the UK to live there almost 10 years ago.

The alarm was raised at around 1.30pm and gardai attended the scene immediately.

The house was sealed off and a full forensic investigation was carried out.

Donegal county coroner Dr Denis McCauley also attended. The bodies were removed and post mortem examinations are to take place at Letterkenny University Hospital.

The course of the Garda investigation will be determined by the autopsies' findings.

A Garda source said that there was no sign of trauma to the couple and no indications of a break-in to the white-washed terraced home on the outskirts of the village.

County councillor Liam Doherty, a relative of the late couple, said the deaths appeared to have been accidents.

He said: "I have spoken to gardai and they do not believe there was a break-in or any form of gas poisoning or anything like that," he said. "It's just one of those tragic situations and it's very difficult for the family at this time."

Cllr Doherty said it would appear that the couple may have suffered falls in the bedroom of their home.

"My sister found the couple and I was next there at the scene. Margaret took a fall.

"It seemed Margaret had come out of her bed and fell and possibly hit her head on the dresser.

He added: "I was in with them yesterday evening.

"Different people called in every day, to see what they needed. It's just so tragic, they're gone. I looked at Pat's hand, you could see the way he was lying, he was trying to help Margaret."

Belfast Telegraph