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The body is removed from the scene at a house in St Michael’s Road, Drumcondra. Photo: Paddy Cummins / Collins Photos

The body is removed from the scene at a house in St Michael’s Road, Drumcondra. Photo: Paddy Cummins / Collins Photos

The body is removed from the scene at a house in St Michael’s Road, Drumcondra. Photo: Paddy Cummins / Collins Photos

Gardaí have ruled out foul play in the death of a man who was found in his Dublin home after gardaí were alerted to an attempted break-in.

Eric Rooney (50) was found by gardaí who went to the house in St Michael's Road in Drumcondra late on Saturday night.

Scene

The discovery was made when gardaí received a call that a number of men where attempting to break into a house at around 11pm that night.

However, when they arrived at the scene there were no other people present, and when gardaí entered the house, they found the man's body.

A post-mortem was carried out last night and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Rooney's body was removed from the scene yesterday afternoon for a post-mortem examination.

His family were being contacted by gardai yesterday.

Sudden

Fr Martin O'Shea, priest in residence at Corpus Christi Church on Homefarm Road in Drumcondra, said the news will come as a shock to people living in the area, "especially in an area like that when you don't expect something like this to happen," he said.

"It's always very sad when someone dies alone like that," he said.

"I have deep sympathy for the family, it's very upsetting, a sudden death like that."

Local Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Perry said the area where the tragedy occurred is normally very quiet.

The independent councillor said Mr Rooney's home is near Tolka Park, which he described as "a peaceful, quiet area".

"You'd rarely get any complaints at all from there," he told the Herald.

"It would be very unusual for something like that to happen in the area," he said.

The area is home to a lot of elderly people and locals are in shock, he added.

Dublin City Councillor Cat O'Driscoll (Social Democrats) said her heart goes out to Mr Rooney's family.

"My thoughts are for his family and condolences to his family and community," she told the Herald.

"Losing a loved one is difficult enough at any time, but it is especially difficult during the pandemic due to restrictions on funerals," she added.

In the meantime, she said burglaries are an issue in the area, citing the lack of a strong garda presence on the ground.

"Finding the culprits can be difficult," she said.

Meanwhile, gardaí said in a statement yesterday the body was found after gardaí were alerted to a break-in attempt.

"Gardaí in Mountjoy are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the death of a man, aged 50 years, whose body was discovery at his home in St Michael's Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 last night, Saturday 8th August, 2020.

"The discovery was made when gardaí received a call that a number of men where attempting to break into a house at approximately 11pm.

"When gardaí arrived at the scene there were no other persons present and the body of the man was located in the house," the statement said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mountjoy Garda Station 01 666 8602, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.