THE grieving parents of Eileen Murphy have said their daughter did not leave any suicide note before she died, and that they are not convinced she took her own life.
The Murphy family spoke to the Sunday Tribune hours before they buried their 27-year-old daughter and grand-son Evan (4) in Churchtown, Cork yesterday.
They are bewildered by the events of last Tuesday and say they have no expla-nation for what happened to Eileen and her son at the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.
They hope post-mortem results might provide some answers.
Marie Cassidy has done the post mortem and we re getting the results of the blood tests in the next few days, Z said Eileen s mother, also called Eileen. That might tell us something. If it doesn t, it doesn t. It s our last chance to know.Z The family said that the young mother had given them no indication that any-thing was wrong in her life in the weeks before her death.
She loved her little boy and cared for him well.
She went to work every day and looked after the lit-tle one and played with him, and everything seemed to be fine, Z said Eileen. But she was a very quiet girl any-way. A very deep girl. It is possible that if there was something upsetting her, she wouldn t have talked to us about it, but we didn t think she was unhappy at all.Z The family said that Eileen had never been to the Cliffs of Moher before, which is why she decided to make the trip with Evan earlier this week.
I bought the bus ticket for her myself, Z said her mother. She was in good form heading off. I came back here and I bought her a new television and DVD player. I was bringing that home in the car when I heard on the news on the radio that two people had fallen off the cliffs. They did-n t give any names and I remember thinking that was awful. It was later in the evening that the garda and the priest called to the house. That was how we found out.Z The Murphy family said that there have been a num-ber of incorrect reports in the media this week about the tragic events.
One paper said that she took Evan in her arms and then jumped off the cliff, Z said Eileen Murphy. Anoth-er said that she threw him off and then jumped in after him. That is wrong. I don t know where they got their information, but it s wrong.Z Further reports suggest-ed that Eileen had left a sui-cide note on the kitchen table in her small house in Ballyhea, where she lived with Evan.
That s just not true, Z said her mother. The gardai were with us when we went into her house, after we heard the news, and there was no note there.Z