Community shocked and stunned

The rural community of Ballinkillen was plummeted into grief following the deaths of Eoghan (10) and Ruairi Chada (5).

The rural community of Ballinkillen was plummeted into grief following the deaths of Eoghan (10) and Ruairi Chada (5).

The brothers were found dead in the boot of their father’s car on Monday afternoon after it crashed into a wall in Co Mayo. Their father Sanjeev Chada was brought to Mayo General Hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries.

The family are well-liked and respected in the area and their mother Kathleen works as a nurse in Dublin.

Parish priest Fr Declan Foley said that he knew the two boys as their grandmother, Patsy is the sacristan in the local church. “They would often be in her house and they were lovely children who were deeply involved in sports and played soccer, hurling and football. Everyone is totally numbed and shocked by what has happened and this will be amplified when the boys are brought home. The community is incredible and people are providing as much support as they can. Everyone is helping in any way they can,” he added.

The two boys were members of their local junior hurling club and had played at under-10 and under-six level and were popular with their peers.Mr Chada, 43, went missing with his sons after leaving the family home on Sunday evening.

Gardaí issued the first ever amber alert for missing children – the Child Rescue Ireland Alert – after Mr Chada failed to return home with them. Detectives are questioning Mr Chada into the circumstances of his sons’ deaths.