Three brothers have died in a house fire in Co Louth.

They have been named locally as 21-year-old Martin McDonagh, his 16-year-old brother Tony, and 8-year-old James.

Another brother, aged 13, is critically ill in Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

The blaze broke out in the house on the Moneymore housing estate in north Drogheda this morning.

Two adults, Anthony and Kathleen McDonogh, were transferred from our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda St James's Hospital.

Their injuries are described as 'not life-threatening'.

Drogheda Fire Service says it was alerted to the fire at 7.50am this morning.

The fire is believed to have started in the living room downstairs in the front of the house and quickly spread to all rooms except for the kitchen, which is at the back of the house.

Neighbours tried to get into the house but could not do so because the house was ablaze.

Two other children were staying with relatives at the time.