A dead man was reportedly taken into an Irish post office in an attempt to claim his pension.
The deceased was carried up to the counter by two other men, reports in Irish media said.
When the group approached, a "concerned staff member enquired about the wellbeing of the man being propped up", the Irish Times said.
At that point, the two others "dropped the man and left the post office", the paper added.
Staff then apparently attended to the man and found he had died.
"It's all anyone has been talking about … it is unbelievable," a woman working at the nail and beauty salon across the road said.
According to RTE, a man initially called into the post office on Staplestown Road in Carlow town to collect a pension on behalf of an elderly man.
He was apparently told, however, that the recipient had to be present, and two men arrived a short time later with the deceased.
No money was handed over, the Irish Independent said.
The paper reported local Fine Gael councillor Fergal Byrne as saying: "The whole town is in shock. The man who passed away was a nice man by all accounts and someone who caused no offence to anyone."
Garda is investigating and a post mortem will be carried out.