'Disbelief' and 'devastation' in Dunmore East community at death of six-year-old

'Disbelief' and 'devastation' in Dunmore East community at death of six-year-old

The community of Dunmore East has today been struggling to come to terms with the news of the discovery of a six-year-old child's body earlier today (Friday).

News emerged earlier this morning that the boy's body was found in a car at Rathmoylan shortly after midnight this morning.

His body was removed to University Hospital Waterford for a postmortem examination.

A woman in her late thirties was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act,1984 at a Garda Station in County Waterford.


Sinn Féin Councillor Jim Griffin told WLR News that there has been "disbelief" in the local community all day.

"Rathmoylan is an area that's visited on a regular basis by many different people. Normally, people come to Rahtmoylan for a sea swim or for the Dunmore East Cliff Walk," he said.

"You'd see lots of people with their dogs and it would be a good, upbeat day for them. There's disbelief that something like this can happen in such a small, quiet area of Dunmore East."

He added: "It's very, very sad. My heartfelt sympathies go to the family involved and my thoughts and prayers are with them and with everyone in the area who is upset by this."


WLR's Kyle Butler was at the scene all day today  - WATCH ⬇

Meanwhile, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan has said that the community of Dunmore East has been left "devastated by this heartbreaking loss".

Bishop Cullinan offered his sympathies to the family and friends of the young boy "as they navigate through this time of immense grief and sorrow".

He also announced that a special vigil will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity at 7pm and extended an invite to all who would like to attend.

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