Two young sisters have been killed in a car crash in County Galway in the Irish Republic.
Two-year-old Kate Gilmore and her baby sister Grace, who was two months old, were with their father John on the outskirts of the town of Tuam when they were all struck by a car on Sunday lunchtime.
They were walking on the hard shoulder of the busy N17 when the vehicle came off the road and crashed into them.
The girls were taken to University College Hospital in Galway where they were later pronounced dead.
Their father and the man who was driving the car, its sole occupant, were also taken to the hospital. The men's injuries were described as not life-threatening.
The girls were the only children of construction engineer Mr Gilmore and his wife Michelle, who works for the Health Service Executive.
Both are from the Tuam area.
The crash happened on the Milltown Road section of the N17, near to the turn off for Dunmore.
It is a popular stretch for walkers and joggers.
Local councillor and former mayor of Galway County Tom McHugh knows the family.
He said: "This is a terrible tragedy for our community and everyone is in a deep state of shock.
"The thoughts of everyone are with the family."
Fianna Fail councillor Michael Connolly said the incident was an "absolute tragedy".
"It's a tragedy for the family and a tragedy for the whole community in the Tuam area," he said.
"Words cannot describe the loss this family has suffered.
"A father brings his family out for a walk on a Sunday and this happens - could anything be worse than that?"
Witnesses should contact Tuam Garda Station on 093 70840 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111.