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Saturday 24 March 2018

'A terrible tragedy' - Shock as woman (60s) dies after being attacked by a number of dogs

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Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keeffe

A woman has died after she was attacked by a number of dogs this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Knockarasser near Moycullen, Co Galway at approximately 3pm. has learned that the woman, aged in her 60s, was attacked by a number of dogs at a home.

Neighbours came to her aid and shot the animals.

It is believed that the woman was visiting a relative when she was attacked by two dogs, which are believed to be bullmastiffs.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and her remains were moved to University Hosptial Galway this evening.

Gardaí are at the scene and a full investigation is underway.

A post-mortem is due to take place over the coming days.

A spokeswoman confirmed: "Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in Galway this afternoon."

One local said: "The woman was very well known and respected. This is a terrible tragedy for the area."

Fr Martin Moran, parish priest of the neighbouring parish of Killannin, said the tragic incident caused deep shock.

Fr Moran is assisting in the parish of Moycullen during the weekend absence of its parish priest Canon Michael McLoughlin.

"It's a terrible tragedy," said Fr Moran.

"It is indeed a terrible shock for the community," he said.

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