The daughter of a couple tragically killed in their Co Donegal home has pleaded with people with mental health problems to get professional help.
Maureen Cuddihy made a public plea at the funerals of her beloved parents Jimmy, 77 and Kathleen, 73, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carndonagh today.
The popular pensioners were found dead at their home in Churchtown on Thursday morning last.
Their youngest son Julian, 42, has been charged with their murders and Judge Kevin Kilrane has ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the accused.
Heartbroken Maureen appealed to people suffering from depression or any form of mental health issues to speak out.
“Please seek help. There are are so many brilliant services available for people, and I’d urge anyone feeling low to talk now.
“Don’t wait. Speak now and get help before you do something that will cause such great pain to your family,” she said poignantly.
She described her parents as loving, kind and beautiful people.
“When they worked together on a project they were like a force of nature.
“As both captain and president of the golf club they strived to make it the best club it could be.
“Over the last five days we’ve come to realize how popular and much-loved our parents were and just how many people they actually helped.
“Mum must have had half of Inishowen in the back of the ambulance and Dad has thought so many people maths over the years and given them grinds.
“They were wonderful parents to all of us, and when money was tight in the house, there was always money for education.
“Education would set us free they told us, and there was always money for education.
“They were so kind and caring, mum always gave us supplies when we went away.
“Even when we were getting a plane to London, she’s be trying to give us bags of turf and food,” she said.
Hundreds of people attended the funerals of the popular couple.
Guards of honour were given by the local ambulance service, Carndonagh Community School staff and by members of the Ballyliffin Golf Club.
Fr Con McLaughlin, who was taught metalwork by Jimmy Cuddihy, said the couple were extremely popular in the locality.
He was assisted at the mass by the Bishop of Derry, Most Reverend Donal McKeown.