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Five family members dead following suspected murder suicide

gardai at the scene
gardai at the scene
Five family members dead following suspected murder suicide
Five family members dead following suspected murder suicide

The body of a woman aged in her 30s, her husband aged in his 40s and their three sons aged 6, 11 and 13 have been discovered at a house in Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan.

Gardai say they are not looking for anything else in relation to the deaths.

It’s understood a knife may have been used in the killings.

The man has been named locally as teacher Alan Hawe.

He is understood to have worked in St Mary’s National School in Castlerahan in Co Cavan.

His wife is believed to be from the local area.

It is understood that a relative of the family called to the home at shortly this morning, and that when they were unable to gain entry they raised the alarm.

Reports indicate that the family have lived in the area for some time, and were well-known.

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Local councillor Paddy Smith had only arrived back into Ballyjamesduff this afternoon, and said the whole area is “shocked”.

“It’s just complete shock,” Mr Smith said.

“I only heard about it and rang a couple of people and everyone is shocked.

“If there is five people dead, it’s tragic, no matter what.

“It’s just hard to get your head around the whole thing,” he added.

Senior Gardaí will hold a media briefing at Ballyjamesduff Garda station at 5pm.

However, they have indicated they are not looking for anyone