Jason Corbett's children have arrived in Ireland

Jason Corbett with Sarah and Jack
Jason Corbett with Sarah and Jack

Jason Corbett's children have arrived in Shannon Airport from the US this morning.

The young children spent their final hours in the US under lockdown, as the family desperately worked to get them home safely.

Mr Corbett's sister Tracey Lynch arrived in Ireland this morning with Jack (10) and Sarah (8) after a judge in North Carolina granted her custody of the pair.

This was thrown into doubt by a last-ditch attempt by Mr Corbett's second wife, Molly Martens Corbett, to win custody of the children.

Any such appeal would take between six and 12 months.

However, the family left the jurisdiction of North Carolina shortly after Thursday's court hearing in anticipation of an appeal from Ms Martens Corbett.

They are believed to have waited at Newark airport, near New York, where they then boarded a flight to Shannon.

Jack and Sarah's maternal aunt Catherine Fitzpatrick told the Irish Independent last night that she was confident that the children would be home over the weekend.

"I was live on radio when I realised that Molly had lodged an appeal," she said.

"Molly's attorney said that he believes that Tracey and the kids left the US on Thursday night. The truth is that we do not know anything," she added.

"We don't know where they are. We don't know when they are going to arrive home and I think that they are just trying to keep things quiet at the moment and arrive when they are going to arrive."

Their father Jason Corbett, originally from Limerick, died in a domestic incident in North Carolina. Police say they are not looking for anyone outside the home in connection with his death.