Carlow Peadar Doyle man’s corpse dragged into post office by scammers ‘to buy drugs’ with allowance as a pair of family explosions

The shocked family of a pensioner whose body was dragged into the post office by two scammers to claim a deceased person’s pension has the fraudsters twisted.

The Irish Sun on Sunday can reveal tragically Peadar Doyle, 66, died on Friday – not long before he was lifted by the brazen duo at the counter of Hosey’s in Carlow.

Peadar Doyle's body was removed from the post office on Staplestown Road in Carlow


Peadar Doyle’s body was removed from the post office on Staplestown Road in CarlowCredit: Dylan Vaughan
Gardai examines the scene in Carlow


Gardai examines the scene in CarlowCredit: Dylan Vaughan

But an employee at the post office immediately raised concerns about the man’s welfare.

When challenged, we understood the scammers claimed that the deceased man was having a heart attack – before they proceeded to dispose of the body and flee the scene.

Gardai interviewed suspects in their 30s, one of whom knew the dead man.

The Irish Sun on Sunday can reveal Gardai is investigating whether the duo’s plot was to get money to buy drugs.

One of the suspects had previously tried to claim an elderly person’s pension at the post office.

However, he was told the only person who could receive the payment was Peadar himself.

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It is understood the couple later returned with the body of Mr Doyle – who is believed to have died of natural causes – and attempted to collect his pension.

As the Garda poll continued last night, reeling relatives and friends paid tribute to the tragic Peadar.

A family member declared: “Rest in peace, Uncle Peader. You don’t deserve it, harmless divil. I have no words. “

And as the story made headlines around the world, Peadar’s family caught the men behind the brazen pension fraud scheme.


A relative commented: “Yiz scummy b*ds. That man is the best in the world. Thinking of my Da and his family. Nothing but fond memories of him (Peadar) especially when we were little.”

Mr Doyle’s friends told Carlow how the pensioner was “regarded” and “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.

One told us: “He is a very nice man. He will keep it to himself. He will enjoy a drink and then take a taxi home, he is a very quiet person.

“There is not a single bad bone in his body. It was terrible what they did to him, treating the body of a dead person that way. “


Carlow councilor Fergal Browne told the Irish Sun on Sunday the area had been left “dumbfounded”.

“The whole town is in complete shock,” Browne said. The deceased man was well known locally and was a decent man, by all accounts.

“He is highly regarded in the local community and is someone who does not offend anyone. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.

“The staff in the store are also very upset, they are very confused about it. It was a strange situation, everyone was talking about it, it was hard to believe what happened.”

Funeral home director Rory Healy told the Irish Sun on Sunday how reeling the Peader family is at the tragic news.


“The family is in shock,” he said. It was terrible, there was a big shock around town. It was a sad, sad case for a kind, quiet gentleman.”

The Irish Sun learned on Sunday that Gardai had interviewed two suspects. A source told us: “Gardai is investigating to see if a crime was committed.

“The offense cannot notify the authorities of the death.

“The suspects said the man had a heart attack in the post office. But Gardai believes the deceased had died two days earlier.

“Gardai has now interviewed the suspects and statements have been made. Gardai is investigating whether the man was dead when he was taken to the post office.

“They are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the time and cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.”

Peader is survived by her sister Noeleen, brother-in-law Liam Dowling and Christopher Haughney, nephews, nieces, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

His funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at Holy Family Church, Askea, at 11am, followed by his burial at St Mary’s Cemetery. Carlow Peadar Doyle man’s corpse dragged into post office by scammers ‘to buy drugs’ with allowance as a pair of family explosions

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