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devastating Note found on door where tragic elderly husband and wife found dead in Kerry

Phyllis and Tony Gilbert were originally from the UK but had been living in Co Kerry for over 25 years

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The house in Kenmare where the bodies of Phyllis and Tony Gilbert were found on Sunday morning. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The house in Kenmare where the bodies of Phyllis and Tony Gilbert were found on Sunday morning. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The house in Kenmare where the bodies of Phyllis and Tony Gilbert were found on Sunday morning. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A note on the door of the house in Dromneavane in Kenmare where an elderly couple were found dead at the weekend is helping gardaí with their investigations into the tragic death of the husband and wife.

The couple, who were both aged in their 80s, were discovered in a house in a housing estate close to the town on Sunday morning after concerns were raised with gardaí about their welfare.

The couple have been named locally as Phyllis and Tony Gilbert. They were originally from the UK but had been living in Co Kerry for more than 25 years and ran a glass engraving business on Henry Street in Kenmare.

It is understood the couple have one son as well as several grandchildren who are now dealing with the devastating news.

Mr and Mrs Gilbert were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies have since been removed to University Hospital Kerry for post-mortem examinations, which took place yesterday.

The results of these post-mortem examinations will determine the course of the garda investigation.

However, gardaí do not believe there is anything sinister about the deaths and they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

They cause of the elderly couple’s deaths is still unknown and gardaí are awaiting the results of the examinations from the State pathologist.

Toxicology reports are also awaited, but they will take some time, and will also form a part of the investigation.

Last night the scene in Dromneavane remained cordoned off and the house has been examined by forensic investigators.

The news of the death of the couple has caused shock and sadness across the local community where the couple had lived for
many years.

Councillor Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen, who knew Tony, said the news of the couple’s deaths was very "tragic".

"Like many others Tony and Phyllis made Kenmare their home. I knew Tony.

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"He was a gentleman and very polite. I would often meet him out walking.

"He was also very talented and artistic," he said.

"The couple kept very much to themselves and they were quiet and unassuming. It is very tragic news."

No funeral arrangements have yet been made as investigations continue into the tragic deaths.

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