A broken-hearted neighbour of Eileen O’Sullivan this week described her as: “a real countrywoman and part of the furniture of this community.”
eparately, the young mum, described Jamie – with whom she had grown up on the rural road in Kilfeighney – as ‘a gorgeous boy who had grown into a hardworking and wonderful neighbour.
“Eileen was from here originally, she grew up there,” the young mum told the Sunday World. “She was a great neighbour you could always rely on … she was a lovely person through and through.
“There was no badness in her at all. I’ve known her since I was child and all the children around here would have known her.
“If something went wrong, you could always run up to Eileen for help because she was always the one who was there.
“There was never any sign of any difficulties that her neighbours knew of because she was always in good form … from what we knew.
“She was a brilliant mother, so she was at home looking after [Jamie] and going to the bog … just a real countrywoman.
“Always out on the road walking, being busy, doing things in the garden, part of the furniture of this road.”
Speaking of murdered neighbour Jamie, the mum said: “Jamie was their pride and joy – the two of them were always talking about Jamie.
“Jamie was a gorgeous child, a lovely boy and so gentle; hard-working and a great neighbour as well. They (Eileen and Jamie) were just beautiful people.
“I had met Eileen three weeks ago when I was down here with my baby and Eileen came into the house and had a cup of tea.
“We talked … about life and things like that … it was a lovely conversation and just important for me that she met my baby.
“This was probably the last of those places where you’d go off and leave your keys in the door. A quiet country neighbourhood where everyone knew everyone.”
Murder-suicide victim Eileen O’Sullivan was a ‘lovely person’, Kerry local says