Kanturk murder-suicide – Separate funeral mass to be held for Mark O’Sullivan shot dead by dad and brother at Cork farm

A SON shot dead by his dad and younger brother will have a separate funeral mass this weekend.

post mortem into the death of Mark O’Sullivan, 25, showed that he received at least seven wounds to his body, a number of which were potentially fatal.

Mark O'Sullivan suffered multiple shot wounds


Mark O’Sullivan suffered multiple shot wounds Credit: PA:Press Association
Dad Tadhg will be buried on Friday


Dad Tadhg will be buried on FridayCredit: PA:Press Association
Diarmuid was due to graduate from Cork Institute of Technology next week


Diarmuid was due to graduate from Cork Institute of Technology next week

The shots came from the rifles used by his father Tadhg, 59 and younger brother Diarmuid, 23.

Mark’s body was discovered at the family home on Monday close to the farm at Assolas, just over 6km from the north Cork market town of Kanturk.

The bodies of his father and brother were found in a nearby field. Post mortems revealed that both men died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

A private funeral will take place for Mark at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kanturk on Saturday at 3.30pm.

The mass will be streamed live on the church’s website.


Mark’s funeral notice reads: “Beloved son of Anne (nee Cronin) and the late Tadg, brother of the late Diarmuid. Sadly missed by his heartbroken mother, relatives and friends.

“In accordance with HSE and Government Guidelines, Mark’s Funeral shall take place privately for family members only.

“Condolences and messages of sympathy may be added on the Condolences link below. Family flowers only, please, donations, in lieu, to Jack and Jill Foundation.”

His brother Diarmuid and dad Tadhg’s private funeral mass will be held at St Mary’s Church, Castlemagner, on Friday afternoon.

They will be buried at St. Brigid’s Cemetery Castlemagner afterwards.

Donations can be made to the Cliona Ring Foundation for critically and terminally ill children.


The tragic events are believed to have unfolded due to a dispute over the inheritance of the family’s 150-acre farm.

It has now emerged Mark, who graduated as a lawyer from University College Cork, may have anticipated his death and the way in which all three family members were to die.

The eldest son, who was adored by his mum Ann, left a note in her medicine bag detailing how he believed his dad and sibling were planning to kill him and then themselves.

A source said: “It is possible he might have overheard them talking about what they would do because they were so upset over the farm being left to him.

“But it is also possible because of his legal training he may have written down the plans with a view to having them on record should there be future legal action over a will and inheritance.”

Cork, Ireland – The Sun