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Elderly McCarthy brothers who died in Dublin house will be buried in their native Dingle

A funeral Mass will be held in Cabra tomorrow.

TWO BROTHERS WHOSE bodies were found in a Dublin house this week will be buried in their native town of Dingle this weekend.

Daniel and William McCarthy, both in their 70s, died at their Millrose home in Bluebell and their bodies were discovered on Tuesday after neighbours alerted gardaí about not seeing them for some time.

The brothers were deaf and could not speak. They had lived together for more than 25 years.

5/10/2016. Bluebell Deaths. The bodies of two elde Source: Eamonn Farrell

They are survived by their siblings Eamonn and Angela, as well as a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Their remains are due to arrive at the Emmaus Chapel in Deaf Village Ireland on the Ratoath Road in Cabra tomorrow morning at 11am where a Mass will be held.

Their bodies will then be taken to St Mary’s Church in Dingle for another Mass at 11.30am on Sunday before burial together at St Brendan’s Cemetery.

The local community in Bluebell are still in shock at the passing of the elderly brothers.

“Everyone in the estate knew them and they kept themselves to themselves … members of the community would check in with them now and again,” councillor Paul Hand said.

Since their deaths, advocacy groups for the deaf community have made calls for  a ‘residential support service’ for vulnerable deaf people.

“We believe that there are 200 vulnerable members of the Deaf community – but they’re just the people we know about. If we opened services that figure could double or triple,” Mark Byrne, CEO of DeafHear.ie told TheJournal.ie.

Eddie Redmond, CEO of the Irish Deaf Society, added that incidents like that in Bluebell “should be avoided”, and says the government should have pushed harder for the Irish Sign Language Bill (which was rejected a couple of years ago).

Gardaí said the McCarthy brothers’ deaths were not suspicious.

Read: ‘Elderly deaf people need to be looked after’ – The Deaf community reacts to the death of two men in Bluebell

More: ‘Utterly heartbreaking’: Community shocked by death of two elderly brothers

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