Town prepares for double funeral of tragic loving couple
The double funeral of an elderly couple found dead in their home in Co Kildare will take place tomorrow.
The bodies of Colm and Maureen Bradley were found in their home in Ashfield Park in Naas on Monday.
Gardai went to the house after a friend reported her concerns that she was unable to contact Mrs Bradley.
Officers sealed off the property after they found the bodies.
Post-mortem examinations revealed that Mrs Bradley, who was in her mid-60s, died of a heart attack.
Mr Bradley, who was in his mid-70s and who had been ill for several years, took his own life.
His wife had been his full-time carer and he had been confined to bed for long periods.
It is understood Mrs Bradley had been seen out and about in recent days.
Gardai have concluded their investigation into the deaths and will be compiling reports for the inquests.
Mr Bradley, from Longwood, Co Meath, was a veterinary inspector with the Department of Agriculture until his retirement.
Mrs Bradley, from Castlemaine, Co Kerry, was a housewife.
The couple, described as loving and devoted, had lived in their large detached home for more than 25 years.
They are survived by their daughter Caroline, son-in-law Alan and three grandchildren.
The removal of the couple's bodies from Mullins Funeral Home in Naas to the Church of Our Lady and Saint David will take place at 6pm today.
The funeral Mass will take place at 10am tomorrow followed by burial at Saint Corban's cemetery.
Mrs Bradley, who was a daily Mass-goer, had been a voluntary fundraiser for developing countries in the past, and donations in lieu of flowers are invited to be made to the charity Goal.
Friends and neighbours paid tributes to the couple and spoke of their shock and sadness at their deaths.
"Maureen kept her garden immaculate. She really was a saint and the kindest, gentlest person you could meet. She loved cats and she was very fond of tending to her flowers," said a local woman.
Independent councillor Seamie Moore (77), who lives a few doors from the Bradleys' home, said: "Maureen was very kindly and had a lovely rural sense of humour.
"She was a frequent sight on her bicycle until she became a bit more frail, and I would give her an occasional lift to the shops and back.
"Her husband was a very quiet man and wasn't seen out much.
"We are all in shock at what has happened. Most of the people living around here have been neighbours for decades. It's so sad."
A family friend said: "Maureen was a kind and gentle soul who looked after her husband for several years.
" Colm was mainly confined to bed and was rarely seen in recent times.
A neighbour said: "Maureen was telling me only recently how excited she was at the birth of her third grandchild.
"It was her first grand-daughter and she was so delighted.
"She went to church every day and was great for sending cards for first communions and weddings and births. She was a brilliant neighbour.
"Maureen was a beautiful lady. Everyone was very fond of her.
"She was a full-time housewife and did all the shopping and caring for her husband."
Another local woman said Mrs Bradley's main day-to-day interest was her participation in the parish. She had raised funds in former years by embarking on fasts to support Third World development projects.
A garda remained on duty outside the house yesterday.