Carndonagh community “shocked, stunned and tearful.”

The community in Carndonagh has been left “shocked, stunned and tearful” by the death of a “popular and respected couple” named locally as Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy.

Neighbours of the husband and wife, who lived at Churchtown, off the Mountain Road, have been rallying around the family following the tragedy which came to light this morning.

Kathleen and James  Cuddihy.

Kathleen and James Cuddihy.

Gardai remained at the scene during the day as grief-stricken family and friends arrived, and as our video shows, gave them a hand on occasionn to steady themselves.

Carndonagh County Councillor Albert Doherty, who grew up in Churchtown, said Kathleen was “charity’s right hand” and had been involved in fundraising activities for many years.

He said her husband James, a former secondary school teacher, had been a valued member of the community.

“This community has been stunned into a silence of disbelief that such a tragedy has happened in Carndonagh,” said Councillor Doherty.

The scene in Carndonagh today.

The scene in Carndonagh today.

Councillor Martin McDermott also knew the family and said all of Inishowen had been “shocked and saddened” by events.

Neighbours expressed their disbelief over the tragedy, with one telling the ‘Journal’ the couple were “lovely people and very well-known.”

A bouquet of flowers was left at the entrance to the home this morning, Thursday, which has been cordoned off by Gardai.

Gardaí in Buncrana are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery shortly after 9am.

A man in his 40s was arrested and he is currently being detained at Buncrana Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act- 1984.

See tomorrow’s Derry Journal for more on this story.