Post mortems due on mother, children killed in drowning tragedy

Post mortem examinations are due to be carried out today on a mother and her two grown-up children who died in a drowning tragedy in north Cork yesterday.

Post mortem examinations are due to be carried out today on a mother and her two grown-up children who died in a drowning tragedy in north Cork yesterday.

The bodies of the three were recovered from the Awbeg River near Castletownroche yesterday afternoon.

The alarm was raised when a group of canoeists spotted one of the bodies floating in the water at around lunchtime.

A search operation was subsequently launched and the other two bodies were recovered later in the afternoon and evening.

The victims have been named locally as Ita Noonan, her 23-year-old son David and 19-year-old daughter Emma.

Mrs Noonan, who was in her late 40s, worked at Fermoy garda station and had recently moved from Charleville to Castletownroche.

An investigation is ongoing into how the tragedy happened.

Meanwhile, a post mortem will also be carried out today on the body of a man in his 20s who drowned in the River Shannon yesterday.

The body was recovered from the water near Lanesborough in Co Longford at around 7.30pm.

He is understood to be a Latvian national who had been living locally.

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