The two girls found in Hollywood Lake in County Monaghan have been named. They were cousins Louise McAloon aged 12, from Hollywood, and 10-year-old Veronica McAloon, from Aghabog, both in Co Monaghan. Sub-aqua teams had been searching the lake near Scotstown since yesterday evening. The bodies, which were discovered lying close to each other in about ten feet of water, have been removed to hospital for a postmortem examination.

The bodies, which were located lying close to each other in about ten feet of water, were discovered by sub-aqua teams which had been searching the lake near Scotstown since yesterday evening. The two girls who died in this New Year tragedy were friends as well as cousins. 12 year-old Louise McAloon, who was a pupil at the St Louis Convent in Monaghan, lived close to Hollywod Lake, near Scotstown. Her mother died five years ago and she was the youngest of three girls in her family.

The other victim was 10 year-old Veronica McAloon from a family of five in Aghabog, a few miles away. She sometimes stayed with Louise and the pair had enjoyed a night out in Monaghan on Friday. They had gone down to the partially frozen lake just before 2 o'clock yesterday, and when they failed to return, Gardai and local people began a search.

This morning with the aid of the Garda helicopter, an underwater search team found two bodies lying close to each other about ten feet from the surface, near two holes in the ice. It's believed the girls had fallen in while attempting to play on the ice. A local priest prayed with relatives as the bodies were removed to an ambulance and taken to Monaghan general hospital for a post-mortem examination. Fr Martin Treanor said the families and the community in Tydavnet parish were devastated.