Gardaí investigating the deaths of two young brothers in Charleville Co Cork, believe the discovery of their brother’s body in Buttevant is connected to their deaths.

The bodies of the nine-year-old twin boys, Thomas and Paddy O'Driscoll, were discovered in separate bedrooms at their home at Deerpark in Charleville shortly after 5pm this evening. Both had been stabbed to death.

The alarm was raised at approximately 5.15pm when, it is understood, two younger children who had been playing with the twins ran to a neighbour’s house for help.

The area has been cordoned off and a technical examination is to be carried out by garda forensic experts.

It is understood the boys were being minded during the afternoon and their parents were not at home.

Just over an hour after the alarm was raised, a number of children out walking in Buttevant discovered the body of a man in his 20s by the bank of a river, 15km away.

The man was Jonathan O'Driscoll, an older brother of the two boys.

Gardaí are not seeking anybody in relation to the discovery of Jonathan O'Driscoll's body.

The Charleville to Deerpark main road to Limerick was closed following the incident.

The State Pathologist has been notified and post mortem examinations are expected to be carried out tomorrow.

Gardaí in Charleville are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.