Elderly couple found dead in Kildare: Husband 'took own life' after wife died of natural causes
A HUSBAND is believed to have taken his own life following the death of his wife - who was his full-time carer - from natural causes.
The bodies of retired veterinary surgeon Colm Bradley and his wife Maureen - both in their 70s - were found by gardai in their home in Naas in Co Kildare on Monday.
The couple had lived in their two-storey house for more than a quarter of a century.
A post-mortem examination today revealed that Mrs Bradley had died of natural causes. It is understood that the post mortem showed that Mr Bradley took his own life.
Mr Bradley's death is believed to have taken place following his wife's death. Mr Bradley had been ill for a number of years and his wife was his full-time carer.
Their bodies were found on Monday morning in Ashfield Park, a development of large detached homes in the town.
Their daughter, a mother-of-three, lives in England and she immediately travelled to Ireland when informed of her parents' deaths. Gardai had sealed off the house while an examination of the scene was carried out.
The discovery of the couple's bodies took place after a friend of Mrs Bradley failed to make contact with her. She usually drove Mrs Bradley to daily Mass at the local Church of the Irish Martyrs. On Monday morning, she alerted gardai when Mrs Bradley did not keep the appointment.
Neighbours and friends spoke of their shock and sadness at the couple's deaths.
"Maureen was a kind and gentle soul who looked after her husband for several years. Colm was mainly confined to bed and was rarely seen in recent times," said a family friend.
A neighbour said: "Maureen was telling me only recently how excited she was at the birth of her third grandchild. It was her first grand-daughter and she was so delighted.
"Maureen went to church every day and was great for sending cards for first communions and weddings and births. She was a brilliant neighbour."