A candlelit vigil has been held in honour of the mother and her two children who were found dead in a house in Dublin earlier today.

The deaths of the 37-year-old woman, the 11-year-old girl and the six-year-old boy are being treated by gardaí as "unexplained" and the house has been declared a crime scene.

Residents of Llewellyn Court in Rathfarnham expressed their grief and shock at the tragedy and described how difficult it was to explain what had happened to their own children.

They described the woman, her husband and the two children as a private family who kept to themselves.

Gardaí have been in contact with the woman's husband and children's father, who is said to be in a distressed state and has been given access to medical treatment.

It is understood the family had lived in the estate for about a year and had moved to Ireland from another country. The children attended the local primary school.

Gardaí were called to the estate when neighbours became concerned that they had not seen the family in some time.

They arrived shortly before midday and had to force entry to the home, where they discovered the three bodies.

The State Pathologist carried out a technical examination of the property and the bodies were removed from the scene.

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Superintendent Paul Reidy of Blackrock Garda Station said the post-mortem results will determine the course of the investigation.

It is understood gardaí are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into the deaths.

They are carrying out house to house interviews to try to establish the movements of the deceased in recent days.

They are talking to friends and family of the woman and children as part of their inquiries.

Gardaí have also appealed for members of the public not to circulate comments about the case on social media platforms.

They said information that was circulating today was uninformed and unhelpful to the criminal investigation.