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Man to appear in court after mum of three found murdered in Mayo home

Valerie Kilroy.
Valerie Kilroy.

A man in his 40s is to appear in a court in Castlebar, Co Mayo after a mother of three was murdered in a home in Westport.

Gardai  attended the scene in Kilbree, a short distance from the town at around 10am on Friday.

The woman, named as Valerie Kilroy (41), was the mother of three young children.

The 46-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident was last night being held at Castlebar garda station. Gardai said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

The man is to appear in court on Sunday.

Last night the body remained at the scene, which was being preserved pending an examination by the State pathologist. A Garda spokeswoman said the woman's family had been notified.

Westport councillor Christy Hyland told the Irish Independent he was stunned by the tragedy. "All I can say at this time is that my thoughts and prayers go to this woman during this very sad time," he said.

Mr Hyland said the local community is reeling from this "unprecedented" incident in the area.

“The community is absolutely in shock and numbed by this tragedy,” he said.

“We’ve never seen anything like this and this is a very close knit community,” he added.

Gardai at the scene of the incident.
Gardai at the scene of the incident.

Irish Independent

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