A hearse carrying a single white coffin emerged from the mortuary at Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar tonight to begin the long journey back to Co Carlow.
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 are being returned to her in the village of Ballinkillen.
Their father remained in Mayo, in garda custody, facing questioning in relation to the death of his two sons.
The boys’ death notice was posted online tonight and read: “Deeply regretted by their Heartbroken Parents”.
The hearse set out from a funeral home in Bagnelstown during the 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 where arrangements were being made to bury the much-loved primary school kids and hurling players, aged just ten and five.
Meanwhile Kathleen’s mother Patsy Murphy, made a brief statement to a local radio station, thanking the community for their support amidst the family’s trauma.
The bodies of the two boys will be reposing in their family home from noon on Thursday.
The removal is on Friday for Requiem Mass at 1pm followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.