The funeral mass has taken place in Co Carlow of brothers Eoghan and Ruairi Chada, who were found dead in a crashed car near Westport on Monday.

The mass was held at St Lazieran's Church in the boys' home town of Ballinkillen.

The funeral was celebrated by parish priest Fr Declan Foley.

Bishop-elect of Kildare-Leighlin Fr Denis Nulty was also in attendance.

The brothers were taken in two white coffins in separate hearses on the short journey from their home to the church.

A guard of honour was provided by children from the local hurling, football and soccer clubs.

Music at the mass was provided by the church choir and children of the parish.

A number of gifts were brought to the altar to remember the boys' lives, including a hurley and gaelic football, a toy tractor, a cook book, a golf club, a bicycle and a photograph.

In his homily, Fr Foley said the community of Ballinkillen has suffered a loss which will be felt long into the future.

He said when the news of the children’s deaths broke it was "as if the earth had quaked and the house shook."

Fr Foley said the tragedy had stunned the whole community and particularly the parents of the brothers’ classmates.

The parish priest said the two Chada boys had brought so much joy and happiness to their parents in their short few years.

“Every day the boys lived with joy and energy, and they loved their Mam and Dad deeply.

"Ruairi never saw himself as the little brother, and Eoghan could never say no to him," Fr Foley said.

He told the congregation of the special bond the brothers shared, describing how although they had their own rooms, they would sleep together in one bed.

The funeral heard how the children’s grandmother, Patsy, is the sacristan in the church, and Eoghan and Ruairi would often help her following mass.

Brightly coloured balloons were released as the two brothers were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Father appears in court

Elsewhere, Sanjeev Chada has been remanded in custody for two weeks after he appeared before Harristown Court in Co Roscommon this morning.

The 43-year-old, with an address at Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown in Co Carlow, was charged last night with the murders of his sons on 29 July.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at Skehanagh, near Ballintubber in Co Mayo.

When he was brought before Judge Conal Gibbons this morning, Mr Chada's solicitor reiterated concerns he had about his client's physical and mental wellbeing.

He applied for medical assessment to be carried out. The request was granted by Judge Gibbons.

Mr Chada will appear before the same court on Friday 16 August.