Grieving father-of-three appeals for letters from public to help cope with isolation during Covid-19 crisis
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Grieving father-of-three appeals for letters from public to help cope with isolation during Covid-19 crisis

A DUBLIN father-of-three who lost his three children earlier this year has issued an appeal to the public for letters to help him cope with isolation during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Andrew McGinley suffered every father’s worst nightmare after returning from work last January to find his kids Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) dead at the family home in Newcastle, Co Dublin. 

The mother of the three children, Deirdre Morley, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder. 

In the months since, Mr McGinley has been trying to come to terms with the loss and has even set up a YouTube channel to help him cherish and celebrate the memory of his three children. 

However, the coronavirus crisis and subsequent lockdown across all of Ireland has left him feeling isolated at the worst possible time. 

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Writing on Twitter via the account linked to his son’s YouTube channel, Conor’s Clips, Mr McGinley said: “I’m struggling with isolation like you all but really missing the company.  

"I was also enjoying most of the letters that I received so I have a request. Can you write to me?  

"If you feel like using one of your An Post postcards then great. Letters welcome.” 

Gardaí name three children found dead in Dublin house. Conor, Carla, Andrew and Darragh (McGinley family)

He later returned to the platform with a handwritten note appealing for messages and letters of support at this most difficult of times. 

Mr McGinley wrote: “If you want something to do, or to give your kids something to do, then I’d be delighted to get cards or letters about anything.” 

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Anyone wanting to show their support is encouraged to write to Mr McGinley at Newcastle, Co Dublin, Eircode D22VH77.