A pensioner who died alone in Knock, Co Mayo and whose body was discovered for several weeks, is believed to have moved to the area because of his strong faith.
The remains of Irene Daly, who was about 80 years old and living in the city, were discovered by gardaí earlier this week.
His death is not believed to be suspect, but his body has been in his house for some time.
Ms Daly was described as a very private person who probably moved to the area due to her strong faith and was a frequent visitor to the Knock Shrine.
The parish priest, Fr. Richard Gibbons, said he did not know Mrs. Daly well but described her as a very quiet and private person who has remained since moving to the Co Cork area where it is believed that she has some family.
"It was sad that she died like her," he said, adding that the community was shocked by the news.
"We would know her name, we would have seen her come and go."
Mrs. Daly was not known for socializing with other sanctuary visitors or within the community, although the parish helps those who wish to do so, an important part of their local ethos, given the regular number of people, often in phases. life, who choose to retire to the area. Ms Daly was thought to fit in this profile.
"You would have quite a few people retiring in Knock who would like to do this to be near the church," said Brother Gibbons. "There would be some traffic like this in the village."
When Daly's remains were discovered last week, Father Terence Harrington was called in to attend. It is understood that it was later removed to Cork, where it was cremated.
Gardaí confirmed that they attended a house in Knock, where the body of a woman in her 80s was discovered. The remains were taken to Castlebar for post mortem examination and a file should be prepared for the coroner.
Knock attracts a large number of pilgrims because of its importance as a sacred site. In August 1879, 15 people from the village would have witnessed an apparition of Mary on an altar on the wall of the parish church.