Woman who lay dead in a Cork house for some time is identified locally as Joyce O’Mahony

Mrs O’Mahony was predeceased by her father, Dr Thomas J O’Mahony, who underwent very successful GP surgery in Lough before his death in 2010. He was a highly respected man, originally from Denroches Cross in Cork.

His mother Patricia, known as Patsy, was known locally as an elegant, kind and musical person. She passed away in a nursing home in January 2021. It is believed that Ella Joyce was still alive as of sometime in 2022, according to a review of items from her home.

The body of the deceased lady was found on Tuesday afternoon after pest control services were called to a nearby premises. They then headed to the townhouse as they strongly suspected the two-story property was the source of the vermin problem.

The pest control company contacted gardaí after the remains were found on the property. The area was cordoned off and gardaí began an investigation.

It is understood Mrs O’Mahony was extremely private and had not been seen locally for several years. The garden is very overgrown and some neighbors believed she had left Ireland. There was a car parked on the road.

The tragedy has shocked and saddened locals in the close-knit community of Lough. Many homeowners in and around Brookfield Lawn have lived there for decades and there is a strong sense of community spirit.

Meanwhile, Joyce O’Mahony’s mother Patsy appeared in the Irish Times series “Lives Lost” in 2021. The series marked the passing of people who had died from Covid 19.

Patsy O’Mahony, originally from South Terrace in Cork, has died aged 91. She liked to play the piano and she had a great love for music.

The couple had four children: two girls and two boys, whom they raised on the property not far from the picturesque Lough bird sanctuary. Patsy O’Mahony was widowed for more than a decade following the death of her 84-year-old husband 14 years ago.

Meanwhile, the body of Joyce O’Mahony was moved from a back room to the CUH mortuary for a post-mortem examination to be carried out on Wednesday. There were no signs of forced entry into the house and it is ruled out that a crime was committed. The coroner has been notified and an inquest will be held in due course.

Dental records will be used to formally identify deceased women. Investigating officers are trying to establish when the woman, who is believed to have been in her sixties, may have died. They will further examine personal items, such as emails and food expiration dates, in the refrigerator and cupboards.

Banking-related account statements will also be examined to determine when Ms. O’Mahony last made a transaction on her accounts. Telephone records will also be analyzed.

Gardai, Cork city firefighters and the ambulance service attended the scene.