The family of a man who died shortly before he was taken to the post office by two men who came to collect his pension has been left “totally shattered” by his death.
Tragedy Peadar Doyle, 66, was laid to rest today as locals rallied around Noeleen, his heartbroken sister Doyle, brother-in-law Liam Dowling and Christopher Haughney, nieces, nephews, nieces and nephews and granddaughter.
Peadar’s funeral was held at the Church of the Holy Family in Askea, Carlow, after his death caused a stir around the world.
The 66-year-old was buried at nearby St Mary’s Cemetery by his devastated family following the intercession.
Father Tom Little, who presided over the funeral Mass, said how the Doyle family was “totally devastated” by the tragedy.
Father Little told us: “It was a very solemn funeral. Several family members spoke to and paid tribute to Peadar.
“The family is completely broken, torn by everything.”
The church has also seen jokes online about the incident.
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Father Little told us: “Some of the news reported on social media is embarrassing. It was very painful for the family.
“Some people laughed and cried at the cost of family. It was very difficult and painful for them. ”
Peadar’s niece Charmaine Dowling paid tribute to her uncle, describing him as a “quiet” and “kind” man who was a “hero” to her family. .
At the end of Mass, she said: “You run to him if you want to cry. And soon you’ll be dancing around the kitchen table. “
Charmaine fondly recalls how Peadar brought her to feed his racing pigeons.
The grieving granddaughter also highlights OAP’s love of music and how he loves the humming songs of Perry Como and Dean Martin and singing lullabies including Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Clair.
Mass was heard that Peadar worked as a caretaker, waiter and painter – and helped single-handedly decorate the homes of relatives, including Charmaine’s room, when she was 15 years old.
Ms Dowling also revealed the pensioner is passionate about quoting Shakespeare and enjoys traveling, including road trips in the United States.
The niece proudly describes Peadar as a quiet man in public but “in private he is a hero”.
Praising Peadar as a “wonderful man”, Charmaine declared: “His greatness is not known to many but to his family and closest friends”.
Declan Haughney, grandson of Mr. Doyle, helped carry his coffin days after he finished delivering his uncle’s body to the Hosey store’s An Post counter in Carlow.
Haughney, 40, claimed he didn’t realize Mr Doyle was dead when he and another man took him on a five-minute walk from his home on Pollerton Road to the Hosey Post Office.
The grandson joined other relatives as Peadar was remembered as “a gentleman” before he was laid to rest.
Councilor Fergal Browne told the Irish Sun the Carlow community was “united” after Peadar’s loved ones.
“We stand with the family,” Browne said. The thoughts of the Carlow community are with family.
“I went to the funeral home to offer my condolences before the body was taken down to the church. Peadar is remembered as a gentleman.”
Recipient of pension has been delivered to Hosey’s post office in Carlow by two men on Friday but an employee at the store immediately raised concerns about the man’s welfare.
We understand that two men said the deceased man was having a heart attack – before the dead man fell to the ground and the pair are said to have left the post office to notify family members.
Gardai spoke to two men, one of whom was Mr. Doyle’s nephew, Declan.
Both men denied any wrongdoing and said Mr Doyle had passed away when they helped him get to the post office.
Mr. Doyle died of natural causes and the garden owner confirmed that no foul play was suspected in his death.
As Peadar’s funeral was underway, police issued appeals for witnesses who may have seen OAP prior to his death.
Director Aidan Brennan, who led the investigation into the garda, also expressed sympathy for the Doyle family.
Supt Brennan, from Divisional Headquarters of the Kilkenny Division, said: “Our investigations are progressing in several respects.
“I think the more important aspect is the people and the welfare aspect of it. (We want to determine) the exact time of Mr. Doyle’s death, whether he was in poor health before his death and how well he was cared for in the hours or days before his death, as well as who responsible for him?
“So those are the aspects of our investigation that we’re looking forward to pursuing and I think from that perspective we know that Mr. Doyle passed away at the post office last Friday. .
“We know he claimed his benefits the previous Friday, but we can’t wait to speak to anyone who spoke to him in the days between then and last Friday to determine when he last left the house and when he went out and returned. From that perspective, that’s the call we want to make. “
Supt Brennan also highlighted the appalling ordeal faced by employees in Hosey’s store, saying: “It was an incredibly traumatic incident for the employees in the post office.”
Supt Brennan confirmed that gardai spoke to the two men who took Peadar to the post office and that they received “good cooperation” from the pair.
The superintendent continued: “The autopsy has been completed and foul play has been ruled out as he did not suffer a violent death. It is the care he received in the hours and before (his death) that we are anxious to pursue.
“We have not determined the exact time of his death. That can be quite difficult to set up and very difficult to pinpoint. ”
Funeral Home Director Rory Healy, who was overseeing Mr Doyle’s funeral, said: “The family is saddened by the comments that went viral over the internet over the weekend. It was a very sad case for the people of Pollerton (of Carlow) for the Doyle family, for his four heartbroken sisters and other members of his family.
“They were very upset about the whole incident. Personally, I know Peadar. I took care of his mother, his sister, his brother Lar, who respected him and the people he lived with. I knew him when he was a caregiver at Presentation College. ”
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