GARDAÍ are trying to
determine how long a Clonmany man lay dead at home
in a tragedy that has left locals shocked and
The body of 53-year old Shaun Grant was found in the
bedroom of his home at Cleagh, Clonmany, on Tuesday,
last, when gardaí were forced to break into the
Mr Grant, who spent much of his time in Dublin,
hadn’t been seen in the area for some months, with
some putting his absence down to continuous
movements between the capital and his home village.
Foul play is not suspected and natural causes are
most likely responsible for the death.
But a number of factors may have led to the body
tragically lying undiscovered for some time.
Mr Grant, who had a long career in insurance, was an
only child without siblings privy to his
whereabouts. He was known as a single man.
Meanwhile, he did not drive and people would
therefore not know, by virtue of a car in the
driveway, whether or not he was at home.
One source said: “I think people in Donegal thought
he was in Dublin and people in Dublin thought he was
“He was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. He
didn’t have a car and took the bus up and down to
Dublin. He lived two lives – one in Donegal and one
Unusually for Mr Grant, he missed last August’s
Clonmany Festival, the biggest celebration in the
He also missed an uncle’s funeral in December.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are investigating
the discovery of a body of a man in his fifties at a
house in Clonmany. The state pathologist has been
notified and investigations are ongoing. No further
updates (are) available and (the case is) not deemed
suspicious.” Mr Grant will be buried following 11am
requiem mass in Clonmany on Saturday, January 19,