Gardaí have described the death of a woman following an attack by two dogs in Co Galway as a tragic incident.

The dead woman has been named locally as Teresa McDonagh, a member of a well known family in the locality.

Ms McDonagh, 64, travelled to a house in Knockarasser around lunchtime yesterday to visit a relative.

It is understood that when she arrived at the property, there was nobody home.

Gardaí believe that two Italian bullmastiff dogs attacked Ms McDonagh, causing severe injuries.

Emergency services were alerted after the occupants returned to the house just before 3pm but the extent of the injuries sustained in the mauling were such that efforts to revive the woman failed.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her body was taken to University Hospital Galway, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

No arrests have been made as part of the garda investigation.

The dogs involved in the attack have been put down.

The house where the incident occurred, on the road between Moycullen and An Spideál, was sealed off for a time yesterday evening, while a technical examination of the scene was carried out.

Gardaí are preparing a file on the incident for the local coroner.

Bullmastiffs are listed in the 1998 Control of Dogs Act, which means they must be securely muzzled in public places but there are no restrictions in relation to their movements on private property.