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Married couple found dead in house on Galway / Mayo border

The couple have been named locally as Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald.

Gardai in Portarlington Co Laois are investigating Source: Eamonn Farrell

Updated 21.39

THE BODIES OF a man and woman have been discovered at a house near Irishtown, County Mayo.

Gardaí confirmed they have been in attendance at a scene close to the Galway border this evening.

The couple have been named locally this evening as Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald. A married couple, Tom was in his 70s and Kitty was in her 60s.

Tom Fitzgerald is understood to have been heavily involved in local voluntary organisations.

It is understood a third person – a man in his late 30s – has been taken to hospital and is being treated for injuries.

At present, it’s also understood that gardaí are keeping an open mind regarding the investigation.

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“Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the bodies of a man, late 70s and a woman, mid 60s at a house in Irishtown this afternoon shortly after 3pm,” a spokesperson for the force said this evening.

A man in his late 30s was also discovered at the scene with serious injuries. He was taken to Galway University Hospital.

“The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and the bodies of the deceased remain at scene which has been preserved for technical examination,” they added.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

First published 18.08

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