Bodies found in Tipperary: a parked car aroused locals’ suspicion that something was wrong in the pensioners’ bungalow

Tall grass near a well-maintained bungalow on a remote country road was the only sign from outside that he hadn’t seen life in quite some time.

More than 18 months ago, a couple who lived there, locally named Nick and Hilary Smith, informed their neighbors in south Tipperary that they were moving.

The English natives moved here about nine years ago and have kept to themselves from the very beginning.

The couple waved politely as neighbors drove by, and some locals learned from rare but polite casual conversations that the older man apparently worked in the shipping industry before he retired.

It is believed that they did not have children, in any case, the neighbors did not know about them.

The house, with a sunroom attached to the side, was neat and tidy, except for the overgrown grass. And it was also spacious, the perfect home for a retired couple.

Behind the house, a field of hay has been mowed and rolled into large round spools that are still lying on the ground, waiting to be picked up and put into a barn, and in the distance there is an idyllic scenic view of the valley and forest.

Covid-19 was rampant when the couple were last seen and as they told locals they were moving there was speculation that the Smiths had returned to the UK, perhaps with a wider family where the lockdowns could be more bearable.

There were also rumors that Mrs. Smith’s health was failing, and that they might have moved to a warmer climate as a result.

No one knew for sure, but everyone believed that they left as quietly as they arrived.

Pandemic restrictions would have meant they didn’t have a chance to go into neighboring houses to say goodbye, but the couple were so quiet that it probably wouldn’t have been in their nature anyway.

They liked privacy, and the local community respected it.

But this week, the locals have become restless. Nobody was seen in the house. No visitors, no family, no real estate agent, no surveyor, and yet the car was still parked in the back of the house, so they contacted local councilor Mark Fitzgerald.

Mr. Fitzgerald is not only a member of the local council, but also runs the Thatch pub in the nearby village of Klonin. One would expect a councilor and innkeeper in a quiet little village in rural Ireland to know everyone, but he never met the couple who lived in the house.

He decided that the best thing to do would be to contact the gardaĆ­ and ask if they could inspect the condition of the property.

When people have misgivings about a neighbor this is probably the best way to go and the guard has the best training and experience when it comes to such situations. This is how the Smiths’ bodies were found around 4:00 pm on Monday.

There is now a sense of sadness and disbelief that the couple could have remained dead in the house for so long without anyone noticing, but several factors have made it an undesirable reality. It was an almost perfect storm of circumstances that would unfold into a sad tragedy.

There was the fact that the Smiths came from outside the area, that they were very private people, didn’t communicate, and that they told people they were moving.

Then Covid came into play when society was asked to keep their distance from each other, disrupting social contacts and normal interaction in life.

The Garda have embarked on the difficult task of officially identifying the couple and will hopefully find relatives somewhere to be buried.

An autopsy and a forensic examination will ultimately help shed light on what happened and whether they died together, at the same time, or it happened some time later apart.

But it will take some time for the village of Clonin and the surrounding town lands in Tipperary, near the borders of Kilkenny to the east and Waterford to the south, to sink into the sadness of the events that took place in the neat riverside bungalow. winding country road, which they were sure was free.