A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with the death of Mary O'Keeffe in north Cork.

Ms O'Keeffe, 72, of Dromahane in Mallow, was found dead in a burnt-out car in Dromdeer Woods near Doneraile yesterday afternoon.

The man is being questioned at Fermoy Garda Station on suspicion of unlawful killing.

He was detained at 4pm this afternoon and can be held for 24 hours.

Earlier, the body of Ms O'Keeffe was removed from Dromdeer Woods near Doneraile.

The burnt-out car in which her body was discovered was removed for forensic examination this afternoon, along with her own car.

Mary O'Keeffe's car was found at the scene

The mother of three adult children was described as warm and kind-hearted.

A post mortem examination was carried out this evening by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster.

The results will now be given to investigating gardaí and, along with more detailed tests to be completed in the coming weeks, will form a major part of the garda investigation.

Local Parish Priest Fr Pat Scanlan was among those who visited the scene.

"I think everybody would be absolutely shocked," Fr Scanlan told RTÉ News.

"I just went in and prayed for the person involved and for their family. It’s a dreadful thing to happen in any community."

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