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Man remains in custody over Castlebar murders

Castlebar is said to be in “total shock” after the brutal murders.

New Antrim Street, Castlebar
New Antrim Street, Castlebar
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THE 26-YEAR-OLD man arrested in connection with the murders of two elderly men in Mayo remains in custody.

He is being questioned at Castlebar garda station in relation to the killings of Jack Blaine (70) and his brother, Tom (68).

It is understood the victims were beaten. A post-mortem is being carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy at Mayo General Hospital.

The community mourns the men who were well-known in the area, with local councillor Ger Deere describing the town as being in “total shock”. Yesterday, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny condemned the “brutal and savage murder”. Their home is located close to Kenny’s constituency office and he said that he knew them well.

He said he was shocked to get the call from his own town, adding that the two brothers were residents of the street where his constituency office has been located for “very many years”

The bodies of the Blaine brothers were discovered by a home help assistant yesterday morning at about 7am.

Related: Taoiseach condemns “savage murder” of two men he “knew well”

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