Candlelit vigil held in Dublin housing estate after bodies of woman and two children found

The children, a girl and a boy, were aged 11 and 6 respectively. 
Candlelit vigil held in Dublin housing estate after bodies of woman and two children found

Gardai at house Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin, following the discovery of bodies of a woman and two young children. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A candlelit vigil has been held in a housing estate where the bodies of a mother and her two children were found this morning.

The discovery today has left the community stunned in the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, South Dublin. 

Secretary of the local resident's association Geri Ashe said there has been shock throughout the community and that they just want to support each other. 

"I'm not sure we have processed it yet because of Covid-19, we haven't really been mixing that much as a community.

"We just felt the need to do something so we just decided that we would at least get together and try and support each other," she said. 

Gardaí have opened an investigation after the bodies of a woman and two children were found in a house in Ballinteer Co Dublin today and want to speak to a person known to the family in relation to the discovery. 

Gardaí were called to the house - a residential property in Llywellen Court - earlier this morning following a call from a concerned neighbour.

The discovery of the bodies of the 37-year-old woman, 11-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, was made after Gardaí forced their way into the residence. 

Gardai at a house on the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, South Dublin, following the discovery of bodies of a woman and two young children. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images
Gardai at a house on the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, South Dublin, following the discovery of bodies of a woman and two young children. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images

It is believed that the woman is the mother of the two children. 

The deaths are being treated as unexplained at the moment according to Superintendent Paul Reidy from Blackrock Garda Station. 

Superintendent Reidy said the results of a post-mortem on the discovered bodies will determine the course of the investigation. 

Gardaí sealed off the house for forensic examination and declared a crime scene. 

The services of the Garda Technical Bureau were requested and the State pathologist has been informed. 

The Garda Technical Bureau arrived at the house at 3pm. 

Gardaí say no further information is available at this time and that speculation on social media is unhelpful.

Gardai at house Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin, following the discovery of bodies of a woman and two young children. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Gardai at house Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin, following the discovery of bodies of a woman and two young children. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

They say it is uninformed and does not help the investigation. 

Fine Gael TD, Josepha Madigan, a local representative said the incident is a "horrific tragedy for this family and the whole community in Ballinteer".

"As a local representative, my heart goes out to the relatives and friends of the family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamnacha dílis.

"No one expects something like this to happen in their local area, particularly in such a peaceful residential area. 

"There is a huge amount of sadness and shock in the community. The Gardaí are now investigating the matter and we must let them get on with their work. Unnecessary speculation at this point is unhelpful," the Dublin TD said. 

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