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garda probe Community 'in shock' following discovery of woman's body from burnt-out car in Cork

"The whole place is in shock, absolute shock."

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A local county councillor has said people are still coming to terms with the tragedy unfolding near Doneraile in north Co Cork where a woman's body was found in a burnt out car yesterday.

Dr Margaret Bolster has completed her examination of the scene this morning and the body has since been transferred to Cork University Hospital. A post mortem is scheduled to take place this afternoon.

The woman has been named locally as 72-year old Mary O'Keeffe from Dromahane in Mallow.

The Garda Technical Bureau are continuing to carry out an examination of the scene and two vehicles.

A man in his early 60s, who was known to Ms O'Keeffe, was rescued from the nearby Awbeg River.

He was brought to Cork University Hospital suffering from hypothermia.

"The whole place is in shock, absolute shock,” Cllr Frank Roche, who is based in Fermoy, said.

“This is a very quiet and peaceful area and there wouldn't be that many people around during the week.

“I'm an agricultural contractor so I'm always working around the area and when I saw an unmarked Garda car I assumed it was a Covid-19 checkpoint, that was my first thought.

“But then again, on a daily basis I'd be getting phone calls about minor accidents on that road, so I actually thought then that maybe it was an accident.

“I’ve assisted a lot of people on that road so I just came back up to see what I could do for the people and it was then when I realised what had happened.

"I’ve heard the name of the lady but we didn't know who the people are and we still don't know who they are.

“It's a completely rural area, he added. "Like, people get out of their cars and leave the keys in the cars. You could drive in, park beside the road there, go out for a walk and come back after half an hour and the car would be still there. It's that kind of place.

“It’s not overly populated here at all, at all, it's just a natural beautiful spot and a lovely area to live in, a quiet area.”

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Doneraile area between 3pm and 5pm, particular anyone with mobile phone footage or dashcam footage, to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025-82100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

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