Gardai seal off picturesque scene where they believe Eoghan and Ruairi died
GARDAI have sealed off a small boreen outside the pictureseque 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 the two boys have been returned to their devastated mother.
Gardai accompanied the hearse carrying both Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5), in a single coffin, which arrived back at the family home in Ballinkillen, Co Carlow in the early hours of the morning.
The boys’ bodies are being laid out in the house surrounded by artwork from school, toys, and flowers.
It had made the 500km round trip to Co Mayo and back to collect the boys, who were discovered dead after their father Sanjeev crashed his car in Westport on Monday.
The two boys are reposing in their family home from noon today, with the funeral to be held tomorrow.
The boys’ death notice was posted last night and read “Deeply regretted by their Heartbroken Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, school & sports friends and neighbours.
Local councillor and family friend Thomas Kinsella, told KCLR radio “They’re back home now this morning”.