The heartbroken mother of two young boys found dead in their father's car is relieved to be bringing their bodies home, a close family friend said.
Kathleen Chada was preparing her home for Eoghan, 10, and Ruairi, five, just hours after her husband Sanjeev was arrested in connection with their deaths.
The boys went missing with their father after leaving the family home in Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, on Sunday evening.
Their bodies were discovered the next day in the boot of Mr Chada's crashed car, four miles from Westport, Co Mayo. It is believed the boys died of asphyxiation, which can be caused by strangling or suffocation.
Family friend and Ballinkillen parish priest Father Declan Foley confirmed the boys' bodies had been released this afternoon from Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar.
"There has been a huge sense of relief for Kathleen since she heard the boys would be home tonight," Father Foley said.
"Everyone was just waiting and praying for their return. But it is going to be so difficult when they do come home. How does anyone prepare for that?
"Kathleen has been so focused on having them back home. We're not robots. You can never predict how a person might react in such a very sad situation."
Mrs Chada was being comforted by relatives, including her parents Willie and Patsy Murphy, when she learned her husband was arrested.
He was being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Mayo General Hospital - the same hospital where post-mortem examinations were carried out on his children. He was taken into police custody at Westport Garda station immediately after he was discharged from hospital.