As a small country, a sad brief Preview of the Violence, and the loss of Human life this year, and reading the News in Lockdown is most Distressing for some Vulnerable people.

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A wave of deaths hit our shores in 2020, striking in the most brutal fashion

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A wave of deaths hit our shores in 2020, striking in the most brutal fashion

This year has seen a wave of COVID-19 deaths hit the country – but it has also brought a series of brutal incidents.a group of people posing for the camera© Provided by Extra.ie

Back in January, Keane Mulready-Woods went missing in his native Drogheda.

The 17-year-old was murdered, dismembered and his limbs dumped in a sports bag which was found on January 13 in Coolock, Dublin a day after he disappeared.a man sitting on a bed: Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was murdered, dismembered and his limbs dumped in a sports bag which was found in Coolock, Dublin a day after he disappeared from his native Drogheda. Pic: An Garda Siochana/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie

Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was murdered, dismembered and his limbs dumped in a sports bag which was found in Coolock, Dublin a day after he disappeared from his native Drogheda. Pic: An Garda Siochana/PA Wire

The bag was recovered by children, and his severed head was found two days later in a burning Volvo car in the Drumcondra area of north Dublin. It was reported that the teenager had been working for both sides of the Drogheda drugs feud.

The case sent shockwaves through Ireland, but his death would not be the last of the feud. The chief suspect in his killing, gangland gunman Robbie Lawlor, from Coolock, was shot dead in Belfast in April.

June saw the death of 49-year-old Detective Colm Horkan, who was shot while on an anti-crime patrol in Roscommon.a man smiling for the camera: Detective Colm Horkan, 49, who was shot while on an anti-crime patrol in Roscommon. Pic: An Garda Siochana

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Detective Colm Horkan, 49, who was shot while on an anti-crime patrol in Roscommon. Pic: An Garda Siochana

A State funeral was held for the keen sportsman, nicknamed The Bear, in his hometown of Charlestown, Co. Mayo, with the service watched by thousands online, due to the Covid restrictions. The suspect in his killing has been held at the Central Mental Hospital, and has not yet been deemed medically fit to attend court.

Also in June, 57-year-old Jean Eagers died after she was attacked in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Her husband, 60-year-old taxi driver William Eagers, was charged with the murder and with producing a samurai sword in the course of a dispute. Members of the garda armed unit stormed into their house, but the emergency services were unable to save the severely injured mother of two.a woman smiling for the camera: Jean Eagers, 57, died after she was attacked in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin.© Provided by Extra.ie 

Jean Eagers, 57, died after she was attacked in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

In July, Thomas McCarthy was shot up to eight times by a masked gunman after answering the door of his mother’s home in Ballyfermot, west Dublin.

Opening a murder inquiry, gardai said it was a planned and targeted attack, and that the incident had all the hallmarks of a gang-related attack. A homeless man in Kilmainham was then apparently beaten to death in Dublin in September.

A 16-year-old was charged with the murder of the Romanian, whose body was discovered in a laneway off the South Circular Road, in Kilmainham.a person standing on a sidewalk near a fence: A homeless man in Kilmainham was apparently beaten to death in Dublin in September. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie A homeless man in Kilmainham was apparently beaten to death in Dublin in September. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Last Thursday, gardai said they were treating the discovery of a woman’s body and the unexplained death of a baby boy in Dublin as a family tragedy.

The woman’s body was found at Lower Road, Strawberry Beds in Lucan. Once her body was identified, gardai went to her home in an estate in Lucan. There, her seven-month-old baby boy was found unresponsive before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier this week, a father and his two sons in Co. Cork died in an apparent murder suicide, reportedly motivated by a dispute over a proposed will.a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: The bodies of Tadgh O’Sullivan, 59, and sons Diarmuid, 23, and Mark, 25, were found at a farm near Kanturk on Monday.© Provided by Extra.ie The bodies of Tadgh O’Sullivan, 59, and sons Diarmuid, 23, and Mark, 25, were found at a farm near Kanturk on Monday.

The bodies of Tadgh O’Sullivan, 59, and sons Diarmuid, 23, and Mark, 25, were found at a farm near Kanturk on Monday.

A note running to about 12 pages was found on the body of Diarmuid O’Sullivan, and gardaí said they were investigating the possibility that the shooting of Mark may have been planned by his younger brother and father.

The alarm was raised on Monday when mother Ann O’Sullivan alerted neighbours that a shot had been fired inside the house.a car parked in front of a house: The bodies of a 37-year-old woman and two children, a girl and a boy, aged 11 and six, were found in a house in Ballinteer, Dublin, yesterday. Pic: Sam Boal /RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie 

The bodies of a 37-year-old woman and two children, a girl and a boy, aged 11 and six, were found in a house in Ballinteer, Dublin, yesterday. Pic: Sam Boal /RollingNews.ie

Mark’s body was found in a bedroom before the bodies of his father and brother were found less than a mile away.

Finally, the bodies of a 37-year-old woman and two children, a girl and a boy, aged 11 and six, were found in a house in Ballinteer, Dublin, yesterday.

Gardai said last night that they were investigating the unexplained deaths, and the house was designated a crime scene.

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