The daughter of a couple tragically killed in their Co Donegal home has pleaded with people with mental health problems to get professional help.
Maureen Cuddihy made her plea at the funerals of her beloved parents Jimmy and Kathleen at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carndonagh today.
The popular pensioners were found dead at their home in Churchtown on Thursday morning last.
An axe was recovered at the scene by Gardaí as part of their investigation.
Their youngest son Julian (aged 42) has been charged with their murders and Judge Kevin Kilrane has ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the accused.
Heartbroken Maureen appealed to people suffering from depression or any form of mental health issues to speak out.
“Please seek help,” she said.
“There are so many brilliant services available for people, and I'd urge anyone feeling low to talk now.
"Don't wait. Speak now and get help before you do something that will cause such great pain to your family.”
She described her parents as loving, kind and beautiful people.
“When they worked together on a project they were like a force of nature,” she said.
“As both captain and presidents of the gold club they strived to make it the best club it could be.
“Over the last five days we've come to realize how popular and much-loved our parents were and just how many people they actually helped.
“Mum must have had half of Inishowen in the back of the ambulance and Dad has thought so many people maths over the years and given them grinds.
“They were wonderful parents to all of us, and when money was tight in the house, there was always money for education.
“Education would set us free they told us, and there was always money for education.
“They were so kind and caring, mum always gave us supplies when we went away.
“Even when we were getting a plane to London, she's be trying to give us bags of turf and food.”
An eerie silence hung over the Inishowen market town as the couple were led to their final resting place.
Businesses closed and people lined the streets of the town on the Inishowen Peninsula as the popular local couple were brought to their final resting place.
The coffins containing Jimmy, 77, and Kathleen, 73, were carried from their home at Churchtown for about 200 yards down the Buncrana Road followed by hundreds of grieving locals and led by a Garda escort.
The mourners were led by three of the couple’s four children including James, Delilah and Maureen.
The remains of the couple were then put into two hearses before being given a guard of honour by local ambulance personnel – a reflection of Kathleen’s years of dedicated service as a nurse.
At the entrance to the Church of the Sacred Heart, teachers and staff from Carndonagh Community School, where Jimmy had taught maths, also gave a guard a of honour.
Hundreds of people stood outside the church as bright October sunshine split the skyline.
Inside Fr Con McLaughlin led the funeral mass assisted by the Bishop of Derry, the Most Reverend Donal McKeown.
Fr McLaughlin revealed how Jimmy had taught him metalwork many decades ago.
He said the couple touched the lives and hearts of everyone in the community through their work and personal lives.