The Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross has spoken of his deep shock at the death of Valerie French Kilroy in Westport , saying it is a time of "immense trauma" for her family.

The mother-of-three was found dead at her home in Westport last Friday, and her husband has since been charged with her murder.

According to today’s Irish Independent, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, yesterday made a statement saying he knew her family personally and that together with Valerie’s family, and all the community in Co Cork and further afield, he is shocked by her tragic death.

"Valerie grew up and went to school in this diocese.

"Her family are very well known to us all, including to me personally."

"This is a time of immense trauma for everyone," he added.

Bishop Colton appealed for privacy for the family at this time, as funeral details for Ms Kilroy are finalised.

"The local clergy here, and I myself, are doing our best to stand alongside and support the family at this time, as also have the bishop and clergy in Co Mayo," he said.

"I have no doubt that what they need, most of all for the moment, is time to be together and to make arrangements, without intrusion, for Valerie's funeral.

"I would appeal to everyone to give them space and time, as well as privacy to do this."

"My own thoughts and prayers at this time are with everyone who is caught up in or who has been affected by this terrible tragedy," the bishop said.

On Sunday, James Kilroy (46) of Kilbree Lower, Westport, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.

He was charged with murder and remanded in custody to Harristown court this Friday.



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