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Tony Nolan and John Mahoney were first victims of Storm Emma in Republic of Ireland

Tragedy: Tony Nolan
Tragedy: Tony Nolan

By Conor Feehan

Two elderly men have died in the Republic while out walking in the snow.

The family of a Dublin grandfather who died after having a heart attack has thanked their community for doing everything they could to help him.

Father-of-seven Tony Nolan (61) was making his way from the shops across Killinarden Park in Tallaght towards his home on Donomore Avenue at lunchtime on Sunday when he collapsed.

His grieving wife Ann said: "Tony was a walker. He would walk his dog Coco three or four times a day, and he went to the shops to get some things," she said. "He went to Dunnes in The Square, and when he was walking home through the park he just collapsed.

"There was a local man walking behind him, and a couple nearby taking photographs, and they rushed to him. The man immediately started CPR on Tony and he was there for around 45 minutes before the ambulance crew got to him.

"Everyone helped as best they could, and I will always remember that. It brings me comfort."

Meanwhile, John Mahoney (84) was heard calling for help on Sunday morning after he slipped near the entrance of his home in the rural village of Nurney, Co Carlow.

A local farmhand said a woman walking her dog heard his cries and immediately alerted emergency services.

"I don't know what he was doing out of his house, but as he was walking down the lane he must have slipped and couldn't get back up," he said. "He started calling for help and thankfully a dog walker came to his assistance and called an ambulance.

"I don't think he was lying out in the snow for very long, but to be honest it wouldn't have taken very long for the freezing temperatures to cause serious damage."

Mr Mahoney, described as a "perfect gentleman", was rushed to St Luke's Hospital, in Co Kilkenny, but was pronounced dead a short time later. It's understood he died of hypothermia.

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