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Heartbroken dad Andew McGinley returns to house where three children found dead in Newcastle, Dublin


Heartbroken dad Andrew McGinley is hugged yesterday outside the house where his three children were found dead.

He returned home three days after the deaths of Conor, nine, Darragh, seven, and Carla McGinley, three.

The principal of Conor and Darragh’s school warned parents: “Please keep an eye on your children – they may cry and have nightmares.”

As teachers faced the agonising task of taking lessons without their two precious students, the boys’ distraught dad Andrew returned to the family home where they were found dead last Friday.

Their little sister Carla, three, also passed away at Parson’s Court in Newcastle, south-west Dublin.

Amid a sea of flowers paying tribute to the tragic siblings, Andrew was embraced by neighbours as a stream of relatives and mourners called throughout the day.



Soft toys pictured this afternoon at the house in Newcastle, Co. Dublin where Conor, Carla and Darragh McGinley were tragically found dead

Gardai, now on the verge of launching a triple murder probe, want to speak to the siblings’ mum Deirdre Morley, who was still being treated at Tallaght Hospital last night.

A note found in the house read: “Don’t go upstairs… call 999.”

The children were found unconscious in separate rooms.

Ms Morley, who worked as a nurse, was found nearby in a disorientated state.

The principal of Scoil Chronain in Dublin’s Rathcoole, where Conor, nine, and seven-year-old Darragh were pupils, urged parents to help their kids through the tragedy.

Head teacher Siobhan Mhic Gearailt wrote a poignant email to parents offering advice on how to handle the heartbreaking situation. She said: “They may cry, complain of physical aches and pains, have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares. Some may not want to eat.

“These are generally short-term reactions.

“Over the course of the days to come, please keep an eye on your child and allow him/her to express their feelings.”



The tragic children – Conor, nine, Darragh, seven and Carla, three – with their father Andrew McGinley

The principal also recommended parents give their kids the facts if they ask questions.

She said: “It is possible your child may have some feelings and questions he/she may like to discuss with you. It is important to give factual information that is appropriate to their age.

“You can help your child by taking time to listen and by encouraging them to express their feelings.”

She also urged parents not to let their children post anything online about the McGinley kids, adding: “At times of tragedy, young people frequently turn to social media to see what others are saying. We urge you to emphasise to them the need to be careful about what they read and [be] sensitive and careful about what they post.”

The Catholic Gaelscoil also asked parents to pray for Conor, who was a pupil in Rang a Tri, and Darragh, who was in Rang a hAon.

He added: “May they rest in peace.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the McGinley and Morley families at this sad time.

“Please keep Conchur, Darragh, their sister Carla, their parents and the Scoil Chronain community in your thoughts and in your prayers.”

Little Carla went to Happy Feet Early Learning Centre which also reopened yesterday following the tragedy.

The small pre-school is in a prefabricated building located just yards away from Rathcoole Boys’ Football Club.

Her big brothers were active members and dad Andrew was always on the sidelines cheering them on.

The family passed through the area daily, between dropping Carla to playschool and the boys to training and matches.

In a separate statement issued to the media last night, the school’s management outlined what supports are now in place for the children and their families as the entire community gets to grips with the tragedy.

It said: “Offers of support have been pouring in and are really appreciated.

“Our school has implemented our Critical Incident Management Plan.

“Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Services have been with us over the weekend and will continue to support and advise us in the coming days.”



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