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Nicola Donnelly & Alahna Kindred

Mum and seven-month-old baby found dead with tragic note in suspected murder-suicide

A mum and baby were found dead in a suspected murder- suicide after a note was found with the bodies, authorities have said.

Kate Donohoe, 35, and seven-month-old Vincent were found in an upstairs bedroom by gardai in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

A friend of Kate's raised the alarm after not being able to get in touch with her.

Gardai say they are treating this as a family tragedy as post-mortems are due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.

No one else was in the property at the time the bodies were found.

Meath Dog Shelter, where Kate volunteered her services, paid tribute to her and her baby son, DublinLive reports.

Garda at the scene where the bodies of a woman and a baby have been found at a house (SM-IR Irish Pictures )

A spokesperson for the animal rescue said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the loss of Kate and her son. Kate volunteered her services to any dog that needed help anywhere in Ireland.

“She often groomed dogs for us that were badly in need and helped us to find homes for dogs too. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends and those in the community affected by her passing.”

Former Solidarity TD for Dublin West, Ruth Coppinger also expressed her sympathy to the woman’s family and friends. Taking to social media, Ms Coppinger wrote: “Absolutely heartbreaking.

The bodies of a woman and a baby are taken from a house over the weekend (SM-IR Irish Pictures )

“On top of the trauma in Donegal, I have just heard about this tragedy in my own local area where a woman and baby have been found dead in Beechfield, Clonee.

“Solidarity and sympathy for their family and friends.” Other social media users expressed their shock at the news.

One Facebook user wrote: “Another tragic story,” while another wrote: “So much sorrow and pain, God love this mother and her baby. Rest in peace.”

In a statement, gardai said: “The outcomes of postmortem examinations will determine the court of the Garda investigation into both deaths.”

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