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Man hospitalised following Mayo tragedy remains in critical condition

Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald were found dead at their home near the Mayo-Galway border on Tuesday afternoon.

mayo Knockadoon, Co Mayo Source: Google Maps

A MAN WHO was hospitalised after the deaths of two pensioners in Co Mayo on Tuesday remains in a critical condition in hospital in Dublin.

It’s understood that the man underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday having been transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

The bodies of Tom (77) and Kitty (72) Fitzgerald were removed from their home at Knockadoon, Irishtown, near the Mayo-Galway border, to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar on Wednesday afternoon.

It is now believed that the incident was a likely case of murder-suicide.

It’s understood that post mortems were conducted on the two bodies yesterday by state pathologist Marie Cassidy.

At present gardaí are not revealing the nature of the post mortem results “for operational reasons” a spokesperson told

Speaking to RTÉ News, the parish priest Father Martin O’Connor said that they were one of the nicest couples you could meet, and were regarded very well locally.

There was a great quality of saintliness about them – now they’d be embarrassed if I said that to them – but there was there was a good, wholesomeness [to them].

A local shop owner described the community’s sense of loss.

What I’m feeling and what the whole community is feeling is [numbness].

“I’ve known Tom and Kitty my whole life, I grew up here in Irishtown, and we’re just devastated, words can’t explain it.”

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