TRIBUTES have been paid to two pensioners who tragically died in a house fire in Drimnagh over the weekend.
Life-long pals Derek Mangan and Joe Muldowney perished in the blaze in the Slievebloom Park area on Saturday afternoon.
Derek was visiting his friend Joe, who lived alone, to check up on him during lockdown when tragedy struck.
Both were regulars of The Long Mile Inn and were missing visiting their local and keeping each other up to date on events.
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In an outpouring of grief Derek’s heartbroken daughter Sinead said: “My lovely Da… I have no words. Can everyone please say a prayer? He idolised my children Christian and Beaux as they idolised him.
“He will never be forgotten. He lives on in all of us.”
A statement released on behalf of the Mangan family read: “In tragic circumstances, the family here announce the death of Derek Mangan, on Saturday, 23 May.
“With regret and sadness the family ask you to respect their privacy at this time, and to uphold social distancing guidelines and to refrain from visiting the house and family.”
A spokeswoman from their favourite watering hole, The Long Mile Inn said they were devastated by the news.
She said: “Remembering our two loyal customers Joe Muldowney and Derek Mangan. Our thoughts are with your family at this very sad time. RIP, sleep tight until we meet again.”
Sinn Fein Cllr Daithi Doolan said: “This is tragic news. Heartbreaking. The whole of Drimnagh is in shock. Our thoughts are with the victims’ family and friends.
“Gardaí are carrying out an investigation in to the cause of the fire. I hope for everyone’s sake the investigation is brought to swift conclusion.”
Gardaí at Sundrive Road are investigating the circumstances surrounding the house fire. They were called to the scene at around 1.45pm on Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sundrive Road Station on 01 666 6600 of the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
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