THE killings in Killorglin have been formally declared by gardai as a double-murder investigation. This is a deeply distressing incident which has blighted the community in one of the country's most scenic and tranquil areas in the Laune river valley.
Jolanta Lubiene was a 27-year-old mother from Lithuania who came to Co Kerry seven years ago. Her seven-year-old daughter, Enrika, who went to the local school was the centre of her world.
Jolanta's story, and that of her husband, Marius Luby, is typical of many other migrants who came here over the past 15 years. Jolanta had worked in various jobs and was employed at nearby St Joseph's Nursing Home at the time of her death.
Recently, her husband moved to work in Sweden and returned to visit on occasion. Ironically, Jolanta had plans to leave Ireland in the coming months – one option was to return home and care for her ailing father, another was to join her husband in Sweden.
In summary, this was another tale of a young couple working hard to make a life in the modern world where they are likely to go where the work is, a narrative which echoes the lives of many Irish emigrants living in many parts of the globe.
That comparison heightens the horror which all Irish people feel at these appalling killings. Our thoughts and prayers go to all of Jolanta's and Enrika's family, relatives and friends.