The west Cork village of Ballydehob is in shock today after the discovery of the bodies of a man and his young daughter, who was to turn four in May, according to the Evening Echo in Cork.
The local farmer, who was in his early 50s, was discovered dead in water at Audley Cove, near his home, after 2am.
Just minutes earlier, the body of his three-year-old daughter had been discovered after a major coast and land search by gardaí, the Coast Guard, Civil Defence and locals.
The little girl was the only child of the man and his American-born wife.
She was on the shoreline when the bodies were brought ashore.
The horrific discovery was made after gardaí were notified that the man and girl were missing at around midnight.
Officers went to the farmhouse at the townland of Foilnamuck where a land search took place, before efforts to locate the missing father and daughter moved to the coastline.
Locals said today that the man was a well-known farmer who was also a keen political activist with Fine Gael.
Each year, he played Santa Claus at the community’s annual Christmas party and regularly played cards in Ballydehob village.
The bodies were taken to Cork University Hospital this morning where post-mortem examinations were due to be carried out by the assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.
Gardaí said today that they were “investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery”.