Post-mortem examinations are to be carried out today following the deaths of a brother and sister in a drowning tragedy in Kerry last night.
The victims, who were originally from Roscommon, died at Ballybunion beach in Co Kerry, yesterday evening.
Emergency services were alerted at around 6pm that two people had got into difficulty in the water.
It is understood the alarm was raised by a teenager who was related to them.
A major rescue operation was launched which included the coastguard and air ambulance.
A short time later the body of a 50-year-old man was brought ashore, followed soon after by a second casualty, a 62-year-old woman, who was also pronounced dead.
Their bodies were removed to University Hospital Kerry in Tralee where post mortems are due to be carried out.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon, Rescue 115 and the Kilrush lifeboat were involved in the operation.