‘Special’ twin brothers are laid to rest

NEIGHBOURING counties Waterford and Wexford were connected by “tragic thoughts and conversation” in recent days following the deaths of six people in the region, a funeral mass heard on Saturday.

Hundreds of mourners attended the removal and funeral mass of identical twins, Michael and Richard Walsh (33), who were found dead on Wednesday at an apartment in Waterford city.

Originally from Kilbride near Tramore, the twins had been living at the rented property for some weeks prior to their deaths.

The Walsh brothers were laid to rest at St Declan’s cemetery in Riverstown, Tramore, following mass at the Holy Cross church in the town.

The men were buried less than 24 hours after the burials of Diarmuid and Lorraine Flood, with their two children, Mark and Julie in Wexford.

At the funeral mass on Saturday Monsignor Michael Olden (PP) said: “Waterford and Wexford are very close neighbours, sharing a great deal.”

Both counties had shared “tragic thoughts and conversation” in the past week, he said. Monsignor Olden said President McAleese had contacted him to extend her sympathies to the Walsh family.

“Richard and Michael; they were special to the different communities to which they belonged,” said Monsgr Olden.

“They were special in their family because of what you might call, their own special togetherness. Richard and Michael were also special because they never sought to be special; they were totally close and that was it.”

The results of postmortem examinations have not been released, as toxicology reports have not yet been published.

However, “initial findings” are consistent with deaths from smoke intoxication, said Sergeant Larry Langton.


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner