THE two children at the centre of a special garda appeal earlier today have been found dead.
Their father Sanjeev Chada (43) survived the crash which occurred on the road to Louisburgh four miles outside Westport, Co Mayo, at 3pm.
However, the extent of his injuries are not clear.
The bodies of his two sons Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) were found in a car shortly after the one vehicle collision.
They were found 265km from where they were last seen close to their home in Bagenalstown Co Carlow last night.
The children were found in the boot of the car shortly after the vehicle crashed, it is believed they were dead before the collision.
The scene has been sealed off and an examination is underway.
The deputy State Pathologist has also been called and a full garda investigation is underway.
It is expected post mortems on the bodies of the two boys will take place early tomorrow.
The results of this post mortem will determine the direction of the garda investigation, which has now been classed as a criminal one.
Shortly after the discovery their mother Kathleen, a nurse, was told the sad news at home in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.
Friends and family members were present with Kathleen at the time.
One friend said the news was 'devastating'.
An alert for the two brothers – the first such alert on the new emergency child rescue system – was issued shortly before 2pm earlier today.
Folllowing the grim discovery in Westport, the alert was cancelled and a full garda investigation got underway.
The two young boys were last seen with their father Sanjeev Chada (43) at 6.30pm last night on their way from their home in Ballinkill, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, to go bowling.
It is the first time a Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) alert has been issued for missing children since the system was put in place last year.
The father and his two sons were reported missing at 1.30am this morning.
Mr Chada left the family home with the youngsters to go to the Dome Bowling Centre in Carlow town at around 6.30pm last night and had not contacted his family since.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses who saw Mr Chada driving a green Ford Focus, with the registration number 06 CW 238.
Garda sources said Mr Chada was not estranged from the mother of their children and that they are not aware of any difficulties in the couple's relationship.
The scene of the tragedy