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Couple found dead in Carlow had been living in Offaly

Story by Laura Ryder

Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 12:20pm

Couple found dead in Carlow had been living in Offaly

A man and woman in their 50s found dead at a Carlow bed and breakfast on Monday were residents of Lumcloon in Offaly up until the time of their deaths, it has been reported. Gardaí in Carlow are currently investigating the tragedy, with post mortems on both bodies due to take place today (Tuesday) at Naas General Hospital.

According to national media the body of the woman - who has been named locally as Deirdre Keenan from Naas - was found in an upstairs bedroom of the premises on Centaur Street in Carlow, while the body of the man - who has been named as John Deegan, originally from Cadamstown in Offaly - was found in a room downstairs. Both Mr Deegan and Ms Keenan had suffered shotgun wounds according to the Irish Independent.

The grim discovery was made at approximately 1.30pm on Monday, February 25. The Garda Technical Bureau and the State Pathologist Michael Curtis both visited the scene on the same day.

Gardaí are still trying to piece together the couple’s final hours. A shotgun found at the scene has reportedly been taken away for ballistic examination. Gardaí have also appealed for information from anyone in the area between 10pm on Sunday night and 1pm on Monday afternoon who may have seen anything unusual.

It’s understood both Mr Deegan and Ms Keenan were separated from former partners, and had been in a relationship for approximately six months. The two had reportedly spent some time in Wexford last week, before arriving in Carlow last weekend.

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