Councillor Adrian Forkan has said that there is a numbing shock in the community of Swinford today following the tragic news that two people have died in a house fire.

Emergency Services were called to the scene of a  house fire in the Deerpark area around 2:00am this morning.

An elderly couple have died as a result.

The couple are yet to be named, but it is understood that they are very well known to the area having run a business in the town for many years.

Gardaí and Emergency Services remain at the scene.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Forkan spoke to Midwest Radio’s Rian Bailey on Lunchtime News today.

He described the feeling as locals woke up to such tragic news this morning:


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