“To all parents, cuddle your children” – father speaks of tragic loss

By Hayden Moore

THE FATHER of the three young children whose bodies were discovered in a house in Newcastle on Friday evening has released a message detailing how “there is only devastation, grief and anguish” following their deaths.

Gardai released a second photograph this morning of siblings Conor (9), Darragh (7), and Carla (3) McGinley with their dad Andrew McGinley.

Andrew McGinley with Conor Darragh and Carla McGinley compressor

Conor, Darragh and Carla with their dad Andrew.

The message issued by the children’s father, Andrew, on Tuesday, January 28, reads: "There are no words.

“There is only devastation, grief and anguish.

“Every breath is a struggle.

“Conor, Darragh and Carla are adored.

“They all had beautiful, bright futures ahead of them with family, friends and a community who love them.

“To all parents, cuddle your children whenever you get a chance, tell them how much you love them as often as you can, spend every spare minute with them reading, playing and enjoying their wonderfulness.

“The future has now become our enemy but we will battle it every day to keep the memory of Conor, Darragh and Carla alive" said Andrew.

Gardai responded to a call at Parson’s Court in Newcastle at around 7.45pm on Friday, January 24.

According to a Garda spokesperson, ambulance personnel and responding gardai discovered the bodies of three children in the house.

The community of Newcastle has rallied around the family and will be holding a candlelit Vigil in memory of Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley tonight.

The Vigil will take place in Parson’s Court at 7pm.

A GoFundMe has also been set up as a show of support for the McGinley family which can be found HERE.

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