Gardaí are investigating the deaths of three people in the fishing village of Ballycotton, Co Cork this morning.

The alarm was raised at around a 9.45am this morning, after a man in his 40s died when his car crashed into a tree and burst into flames on the bog road about a mile and a half outside the village.

Gardaí, the fire service and an ambulance crew attended the crash but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Gardaí were then alerted when concerns were raised that one of the man's daughters had not turned up for school at a local primary school this morning.

They went to the man's home and discovered the bodies of his two daughters in the house.

A doctor and a priest were called and the doctor declared both girls dead. Both were aged under ten. It is not known how the two girls died at this stage.

It is understood that the children's mother had left for work in Cork city at around 7.30am.

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The house has now been sealed off and is being treated as a crime scene and gardaí are awaiting the arrival of a pathologist from the state pathologist's office.

A forensic and technical examination will take place there.

The area at the bog road where the children's father died in the car crash has also been sealed off and a technical examination will also be undertaken there.

It is understood that gardaí have travelled to Cork City to inform the children's mother of what happened.