The internet revealed that Patrick Manifold of Anne Street, Limerick was in a motor accident on the way to Shannon Airport on 2nd June, just eight weeks earlier, but this was not mentioned in reports on the inquest. The Cork Examiner of 6 August reported on the case at Ennis District Court where Patrick Manifold of the same address was on trial for dangerous driving, where he was fined £3.
All of this goes to prove that if the purpose of a headstone is to make the reader stop awhile and think of the person named, it worked.
I have previously commented that I had difficulty with the use of the verb ‘kill’ with regard to the death of Sarah Medalie. She died of a heart attack. My mind had filed kill as requiring a positive action on someone’s behalf, an intentional (or negligent) act resulting in a death. I am now reconsidering my mental filing system.
Chambers dictionary defines ‘kill’ as ‘to cause the death of’'. On this basis, the wording on the headstone is correct. Both Sarah Medalie and Breda O’Connell were killed.