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Two men charged in connection with burglary in Limerick

Gardai have charged two men tonight
Gardai have charged two men tonight

Gardaí have charged two men, 18 and 32 years, in connection with an investigation into a burglary which occurred at Doon, County Limerick on Thursday.

John O'Donoghue (62) suffered a massive fatal heart attack upon returning home and discovering intruders ransacking his house.

The men are due to appear before Limerick District Court tomorrow, Saturday August 29 at midday.

The 62-year-old returned to his home in Toomaline, Co Limerick, shortly before 2pm on Thursday and found burglars who had spent "many hours" ransacking the place. 

He suffered severe shock and went into cardiac arrest in front of his traumatised sister. The siblings had resided in the small home for years together. 

His sister, who is a retired nurse, attempted to resuscitate her dying brother. However, he succumbed to his injuries just yards from his front door. 

"He was returning to his home when the men ran out of the house in broad daylight. That brought on the heart attack," said a source close to the incident.

"Paramedics and neighbours were at the scene within minutes but he died on the spot.

"It is understood that there was a person in a car opposite the house acting as the getaway driver."

Fr Tony Ryan, a local cleric, said the pair had spent the morning shopping in the village of Doon, where they had purchased items for a "project" that they were working on together.

"He was quiet and inoffensive and generally kept to himself," said Fr Ryan.

"We're devastated that such a thing should happen to such a good man."