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James Kilroy of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo being taken away by detectives at Castlebar District Court. Pic Conor McKeown
James Kilroy of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo being taken away by detectives at Castlebar District Court. Pic Conor McKeown
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Man charged with murder of his wife

A 46-YEAR-OLD man appeared in court today charged with the murder of his wife, a native of west Cork.

James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, was brought before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.

He has been in custody in connection with the death of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother of three who is originally from Leap in west Cork.

The accused showed no emotion during the brief, five-minute hearing.

Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty told yesterday’s hearing that he arrested the accused at 11.45am on Sunday morning and charged him with murder.

Det Sgt Doherty outlined to the court that the accused made no reply to the charge, after caution.

Garda Inspector Denis Harrington applied for a remand in custody to Harristown (Castlerea Prison) court on Friday next.

Gary Mulchrone, solicitor, said there were serious concerns about the mental health of the accused, concerns that had become apparent since his detention.

Mr Mulchrone said his client was in immediate need of medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation.

Remanding the accused in custody, Judge Lydon recommended the medical attention sought by Mr Mulchrone as well as an independent psychiatric assessment in due course.

Free legal aid was also granted on the application of Mr Mulchrone.

 West Cork native Valerie Kilroy.

West Cork native Valerie Kilroy.

A small group of relatives — as well as Westport-based Church of Ireland Rector, the Reverend Val Rogers — were in court for the hearing.

Rev Rogers spoke briefly to the accused before Mr Kilroy was led away by detectives following the hearing.

Mr Kilroy stared forward impassively during the proceedings.

He was dressed entirely in dark clothes, which included a black hoodie-type garment.

Valerie Kilroy, the victim of the killing, sustained fatal wounds in the attack.

Her three children were in the house at the time of the incident. They were unharmed.

Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the funeral of Ms Kilroy, an employee of the HSE.