A 19-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering his mother.

Patrick Dunne was brought before the Killarney District Court charged with murdering Susan Dunne, 62, at the home they shared in Lixnaw, Co Kerry, last Wednesday.

Mr Dunne was remanded in custody to appear before Listowel District Court next Wednesday.

Ms Dunne's body was found by neighbours at her home at Ballinagearagh near Lixnaw, north Kerry just after 11am on Wednesday.

It is believed she died a few hours earlier.

A post mortem examination indicated that she died from injuries sustained in an assault.