Student vet took his life in hotel room

A second year veterinary student took his own life in a room in a Dublin hotel last year.

Padraig Horan, aged 21, from Listowel, Co Kerry, was found dead in a room in the Travelodge Hotel in Rathmines, Dublin 6, on January 7 last year.

Dublin Coroner’s Court heard Mr Horan checked into the hotel in the late afternoon on January 5, leaving instructions that cleaning staff were not to enter his room.

Staff found Mr Horan two days later when he was due to check out. They went into his room and found him lying on the bed.

Lenilucia Da Silva Abreu said he was very pale and unresponsive and she was sure he was dead. She called her manager who alerted gardaí.

When paramedics attended the scene, rigor mortis was present indicating Mr Horan had been dead for some time.

The inquest heard that Mr Horan, who was studying to be a vet at UCD, had just returned to Dublin after Christmas and had told his sister he intended staying overnight at a friend’s house.

His father, Tadhg Horan, said while at home his son was withdrawn and he had persuaded him he should see someone. He never expressed any thoughts of self-harm, he told the coroner.

Gardaí confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances involved.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell returned a verdict of self- inflicted death.

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