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Man arrested after woman found dead

Detectives have arrested a young man over the suspicious death of an English mother-of-one at a remote cottage in Ireland.

The body of Susan Dunne, aged in her 50s, was discovered in the house in Ballinageragh, just outside the small close-knit village of Lixnaw, near Listowel, in Co Kerry.

Ms Dunne was originally from England and was understood to have moved to the isolated house with her son within the last few years.

Neighbours worried about her when they noticed the front door lying open and contacted local gardai, who arrived at the property at around 11.15am this morning.

The woman, who lived in the house with her son, was dead at the scene and i t is believed she had suffered serious head injuries.

Gardai later arrested a 19-year-old man in the Listowel area.

They have described the circumstances surrounding the woman's death as suspicious.

The man is being held at Listowel Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He can be detained for 24 hours before being charged or released.

The scene has been sealed off for a full examination by forensic experts from the Garda Technical Bureau.

Assistant state pathologist Dr Margot Bolster was also called in to carry out a post-mortem examination.

Robert Beasley, a local councillor, said people in the area were upset at the death.

"People are very saddened by what has happened," he said.

"There's a gloom over the area."

Investigators have appealed for information.

"Anyone with information or who may have seen any unusual activity around Ballinageragh, Lixnaw, Co Kerry, earlier this morning are asked to contact the Gardai in Listowel on 068 50820, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station," the Garda spokesman said.

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