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Saturday 30 August 2014

Brothers lie side by side for final journey home

Cormac McQuinn and Caroline Crawford

Published 01/08/2013 | 05:00

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31/07/2013 The remains of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada being taken from Mayo General Hospital. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
The remains of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada being taken from Mayo General Hospital. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Eoghan and Ruairi Chada

A SINGLE hearse, carrying two tiny white coffins emerged from the mortuary at Mayo General Hospital as two brothers began the long journey back to Co Carlow.

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Grieving mother Kathleen Chada last saw her two little boys Eoghan and Ruairi on Sunday evening, when their father Sanjeev said he was taking them bowling.

Three days, and unimaginable tragedy and heartbreak later, their bodies were being returned to her in the village of Ballinkillen.

They were carried together in the coffins, flanked by small bunches of flowers.

Their father remained behind in Mayo, in garda custody, facing questioning in relation to the death of his two sons.

The boys will be buried this Friday, when the village should have been gearing up for a joyful bank holiday weekend.

Their death notices were posted last night and read: "Deeply regretted by their Heartbroken Parents".

A hearse set out from a funeral home in Bagenalstown late yesterday afternoon for the more than 500km round trip to collect their remains.

The car was due to arrive back in Carlow in the early hours of the morning. Their mother Kathleen remained at the family home yesterday where the boys' toy karts and trampoline were still visible in the garden. Sanjeev Chada's mother Bimla had travelled from London and was also present awaiting their return.

The bodies of the two boys will be reposing in their family home from noon today. The removal is on Friday for Requiem Mass at 1pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Irish Independent

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