Prayers are being said for five-year-old Ruairí Chada and his 10-year-old brother Eoghan in churches around the city and county today as people struggle to come to terms with the deaths of the young boys.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chada and Murphy families at this time and they will be remembered at Masses across Kilkenny this weekend,” said Fr Dan Carroll of St Patricks Parish.
Fr Denis Nulty who will be ordained as the new bishop of Carlow next Sunday visited the Chada family home at Ballinkillen on Monday evening to offer his condolences and support along with Monsignior Brendan Byrne.
The grief stricken community in Ballinkillen near Bagenalstown is rallying around to support the family and a child psychologist has spoken with parents in the area on how to help their own children come to terms with the tragedy.
Michelle Doorley, the principal of Ballinkillen National School said that the boys had a “great sense of fun” which endeared them to fellow pupils and teachers.
Parish priest Father Declan Foley is also consoling the boys’ mother Kathleen. Funeral arrangements had not yet been confirmed at time of print.