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Gavel 4An inquest has heard how a 60-year-old South Kerry woman drowned after slipping and falling into a river.

Margaret O’Sullivan of Cappagh, Blackwater was found dead by her brother on the evening of the 22nd of March in the Caol river.

The inquest into her death came before the Coroner’s Court in Killarney on Wednesday.
Margaret O’Sullivan’s brother Michael gave evidence of her getting up on the morning of the 22nd of March at 8 o’clock, having breakfast and doing some jobs.

He said after that he went to look after animals and Margaret headed towards Ballaghbeama.

Her other brother Timothy said it wasn’t unusual for Margaret to go off for long walks, but when she hadn’t come back by 1pm they started looking for her.

Timothy found her face up in the Caol river at 7 o’clock that evening; saying she must have walked towards the river to check on animals.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body removed to University Hospital Kerry for a post mortem by Dr Margot Bolster.

The cause of death was cardiorespiratory failure due to drowning, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Coroner Terence Casey said the river in Blackwater has claimed many lives over the years, saying the terrain is rough and rugged, and 60-year-old Margaret must have slipped and fell into it.