They've been named as Michael Hurley and Mary Holohan

An elderly couple, found dead in their home on the outskirts of Kilkenny city, may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

They have been named locally as Michael Hurley and his partner Mary Holohan.

Mr Hurley (83) and Ms Holohan (77) had been living in the house here in Kilderry, on the Johnswell Road just outside Kilkenny for many years.

It is understood that their bodies were discovered by family members last night, but that they may have been there for a number of days.

Gardaí at the scene where the bodies of two elderly people were found in Kilderry, Johnswell Road, Kilkenny | Image: Shane Beatty

The State Pathologist has been informed and gardaí are currently at the scene.

It's expected the bodies will be removed to Waterford Regional Hospital shortly.

The cause of the couple's deaths has not been established, but it is understood that carbon monoxide poisoning may be the cause.

The outcome of a post-mortem examination will determine the course of the investigation.