Belfast Telegraph

Irish police seal off picturesque scene where they believe young brothers died

By Caroline Crawford

Gardai have sealed off a small boreen outside the picturesque village of Ballintubber in Co Mayo where they believe brothers Eoghan and Ruairi Chada may have died.

The small road on the outskirts of the village, which is home to the famous Ballintubber Abbey, is now treated as a crime scene. Gardai remained at the scene overnight with detectives paying a visit to the remote spot shortly after 11am today.

They spent only a short time at the scene before leaving. Officers also carried out door to door enquiries in the village this morning. It is believed that the young brothers may have died at this site before the family car continued on to Westport where it was found crashed into a stone wall on Monday afternoon.

It was then that gardai discovered the bodies of the ten and five-year-old in the boot of the car.

Mr Chada remains in garda custody today where he is being questioned about their deaths. He must be  charged or released later today.

Meanwhile the bodies of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada have arrived back home in Ballinkillen, Co Carlow. The remains of the two children left Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar at 9pm last night to begin the journey home. The brothers remains will repose at their home today from noon and they will be buried after funeral mass at 1pm tomorrow.

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