Family devastated at tragic Dublin death

January 21, 2013

The family of a former Dorsey woman found dead in a Dublin flat last week, have said they are stunned and devastated at her tragic death.

Sixty-three year old Debbie McEvoy, along with her friend John Glennon, is believed to have died from hypothermia.  The pair were found in Mr Glennon’s sheltered housing unit by Gardai last Monday after officers were alerted by health board officials, concerned when they were unable to make contact with the pair.

Upon forensic examination of the scene, Gardai ruled out foul play and initially believed the cause of death to be carbon monoxide poisoning. A subsequent investigation of the property by Bord Gais however, found no evidence of a gas leak of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Although the results of post-mortem examinations have not been made public, it is understood the cause of death was hypothermia, coupled with ongoing health problems.

Ms McEvoy was said to be a regular visitor to the hugely popular Mr Glennon, who had moved to the local authority housing, which caters for senior citizens, around seven years ago. She was described by a friend as a “lovely woman” and a dedicated nurse who had given her life to the profession.  She had worked at a number of hospitals and had recently been working for a Dublin nursing agency.

Her family say they are still trying to get to grips with her death and the circumstances which led to it and her sister, Rose Reel revealed that they are all “in shock”.

“We can’t get our heads around it,” she said.

Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady also expressed his heartfelt sympathy to the families after hearing of the tragic deaths.

“My sincere sympathy goes out to the McEvoy and Glennon families at this difficult time,” he said.

Ms McEvoy was waked at the Mullaghbawn home of her mother, Eileen Reel, ahead of requiem Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Cullyhanna on Saturday, before being laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

She is survived by her mother Eileen, sisters Suzannah and Rose and brothers Michael and James.