Floral tributes to mother found dead in Cork City

There was little activity on Sheares Street on a quiet Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, but the few who did stroll down the city centre avenue did a double take when they saw gardaí posted outside a sealed-off derelict building.

It had been over 24 hours since the body of 22-year-old Amy McCarthy had been found in the former shop premises, yet the blue and white tape and parked squad car remained.

They had since been joined by a number of floral tributes laid on the footpath outside the grey, three-storey building opposite the popular Mardyke complex of bars. A black bin liner patched a hole in the ground- level window.

A plaque on the wall notes that the building stood on an area that was reclaimed marshland. Those who did stop to talk said it is a part of the city long neglected.

Two local women, who did not wish to be named, observed the scene from across the street as they were out for a walk in the May sunshine. They said they were not aware that the derelict building was being used.

Floral tributes to mother found dead in Cork City

They both said there are a number of run-down buildings in the area.

“I know of some places in the area where there are squatters, but that was one place where I didn’t realise there was squatting, if there were squatters in there,” one said.

“It’s a shame there are so many buildings around left in disrepair like that, obviously it’s an attraction for people to get in and get shelter.

“There are a few around, more up here as you’re heading onto Dyke Parade and not Millerd St, but the one running parallel to it. There are squatters in there. There’s a few around,” she said.

Aside from sheltering those in need of a roof over their heads, the local women said they have afforded a place for those with addictions to hide from prying eyes.

“There’s definitely a problem with drugs, absolutely. We’ve noticed it more over the past three years. It’s been getting worse,” one said.

Back at the building where Ms McCarthy died, a bunch of flowers bore a note to the mother-of-one.

“Never realised such a sad thing could happen,” it read.

“Fly high angel.”


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