Man and woman dead after suspected murder-suicide in Irish town

The incident occurred on the outskirts of Maguiresbridge (Image via Google Maps)
The incident occurred on the outskirts of Maguiresbridge (Image via Google Maps)

The deaths of a man and woman at a house on the outskirts of a town in Northern Ireland are understood to have been due to an apparent murder-suicide.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a 51-year-old woman and 55-year-old man at a house in Abbey Road on the edge of Maguiresbridge in Co Fermanagh.

At this stage, detectives have confirmed they are not looking for anyone in relation to the incident.

The female victim has been named locally as Concepta Leonard, a former businesswoman and daughter of traditional Irish musician Dinny Leonard.

It is understood that a third victim, believed to be Concepta's 30-year-old son, was taken by ambulance to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

It is understood that he was in a stable condition in hospital last night.

It is further understood that the man whose body was found in the house was known to Ms Leonard.

Former Fermanagh and South Tyrone SDLP MLA Richie McPhillips, who knows the Leonard family, said that there was a sense of shock and sadness in the community over the tragedy.

"This is a tragic case for all involved and I want to send my condolences and sympathies to Concepta's family," he said.

"Concepta was a businesswoman in the south Fermanagh region, she was involved in catering and had a business in Lisnaskea in recent years.

"She was also a musician and played traditional Irish music like her father.

"She had a good sense of humour; they are very solid, salt-of-the-earth people - good community people.

"She had a son with Downs Syndrome, and when you saw Concepta you saw him.

"He also was involved in traditional music.

"Concepta's father has been involved in the promotion of traditional Irish music for many, many years - he teaches classes all over the community and has given his talent to young people.

"Reports are sketchy as to the circumstances but it was a tragic case for those involved.

"Thanks be to God it's rare in this part of the world but for someone from your own area to be involved makes it all the more poignant."

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle Gildernew also spoke of her shock at the deaths. Ms Gildernew told the Irish Independent: "The deaths of the woman and man in Maguiresbride are a tragedy.

"This is a quite a tight-knit community and the news has upset many.

"It is too early to say what happened but the police are investigating.

"I have spoken to family members who are quite obviously shocked and devastated.

"I would appeal for anyone with information surrounding this incident to bring it to the PSNI."

For anyone affected by the issues raises in this article, contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or the Samaritans on 116 123

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