A murder investigation was under way tonight after a mother-of-one was stabbed to death.
Breda Cummins was killed and a man rushed to hospital after the knife attack at a home in Athy, Co Kildare.
Gardaí made the grim discovery after being called to the house on Michael Dooley Terrace shortly after midnight.
A 48-year-old man was being questioned about the incident.
It is understood the dead woman was originally from the Celbridge area of Kildare.
Her sister Sabrina, who visited the scene, said: “My mother, she’s heartbroken. She’s not able.
“The pain is killing all the family. We can’t believe what some people are like, and why this happened to our sister. I don’t know what happened,” she said.
The dead woman – who has a 13-year-old son – and two men are all Irish nationals.
The injured man, who is in his 30s, was taken to Naas General Hospital where his condition was said to be not life threatening
The man detained over the incident was held under section four of the Criminal Justice Act. He can be detained for a maximum of 24 hours.
As forensic officers sealed off the house and examined the scene, gardaí carried out door-to-door enquiries.
The results of a post-mortem examination are also expected.
Local councillor Mark Wall said the neighbours were shocked.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who are bereaved,” he said.
“It’s a very good area with some of the most decent people you will find in the country.
“It’s unfortunate that something like this has happened.”