‘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.

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