Blaze victim was widow of author

The 85-year-old woman who died in a house fire in west Kerry on Saturday night has been named as Bridie Uí Chíobháin, a widow.

The two-storey house where she lived alone at the Gorta Dubha two miles from Ballyferriter was gutted in the fire, which broke out some time before 9pm.

A technical examination was delayed yesterday amid fears that what remained of the house was unstable.

The alarm was raised at 9pm and units of the fire service from Dingle and Tralee fought the blaze. It was brought under control at around 10.30pm and fire crews discovered the body of Mrs Uí Chíobháin.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

A post mortem is to be carried out at Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.

Bridie Uí Chíobháin was originally from Old Parish, Co Waterford. Her late husband Ger Ó Cíobháin became in 1975 the first man to row around the coast of Ireland in a 13-year-old home-made naomhóg, or currach. He later wrote about his adventure in a book Cogarnach ar ár gCósta which was on the Leaving Cert Irish syllabus.

Bean Uí Chíobháin is survived by her three daughters and a son, as well as grandchildren.


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