An inquest into the deaths of a mother and daughter who died following a road traffic collision has been told that both died as a result of drowning.

Geraldine Clancy, who was 58, and her 22-year-old daughter Louise died close to their home in Kilworth, north Cork, in a two-car crash three days before Christmas.

The collision happened on the Fermoy to Ballyduff road just before 11.40am on 22 December.

Coroner Michael Kennedy said the inquest was being opened so that death certificates could be issued.

The brief court hearing was told that the deceased were identified to gardaí who arrived at the scene by Noel Clancy, Geraldine's husband and Louise's father. 

He had assisted in lifting their car from the flooded field where it had ended up following the crash.

Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster said the cause of death in both cases was cardio-respiratory failure due to drowning.

Gardaí confirmed that a file on the fatal crash has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Dr Kennedy adjourned the inquest pending the decision of the DPP and the outcome of any criminal investigation.

He offered his deepest sympathies to Mr Clancy and his family on their terrible tragedy.