THREE members of the same family have died following a horror shooting in an apparent murder-suicide at a family farm in Co Cork.
Father Tadgh O’Sullivan, 59, and sons Mark, 25, and Diarmuid, 23, were all found with gunshot wounds today at Assolas in Kanturk.
One of the young men was found in a bedroom of the family home with a gunshot wound at around 1pm.
Two more bodies with gunshot wounds, the dad and the other son, were discovered in adjoining lands after an air search at around 1.40pm.
Gardai have now launched a full criminal investigation into the tragic deaths.
Speaking outside Kanturk garda station today, Garda Superintendent Adrian Gamble confirmed the men were all from the same family.
‘FULL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION’
He stated: “An Garda Siochana is conducting a criminal investigation into tragic incidents that occurred today in a small rural area in north Cork.
“I confirm that all three deceased men were from the one family.
“Both locations have been sealed off and a full criminal investigation is underway led by a senior investigating officer.
“The State pathologist is currently at scene and arrangements are in place for post mortem examinations to take place later.
“A family liason officer has been appointed by An Garda Siochana and the family have requested strict privacy at this very tragic time.
“Finally I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal for witnesses to come forward and contact Mallow garda station on 022 314 50, the confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.”
COMMUNITY ‘DEEPLY SADDENED AND SHOCKED’
Local Fine Gael councillor John Paul O’Shea said the local community has been left “deeply saddened and shocked” by the deaths.
He told the Irish Sun: “Everyone is deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy.
“My thoughts go out to the family and to the wider community of Castlemagner and Kanturk as they come to terms with this unimaginable loss.
“There is a strong and determined community spirit in Castlemagner and the community there I know will rally around their families, neighbours and friends over the coming days as they deal with this tragic loss.”
MAJOR GARDA RESPONSE
Just before 6.30am this morning a woman, 60s, raised the alarm with neighbours telling them that firearms had been discharged at her home.
Gardai were informed that three men were present in the house and one of them may have been shot.
Local gardai rushed to the house and were told that further gunshots had been heard nearby.
A Critical Firearms response was launched and the family home was immediately contained by gardai and members of the Armed Support Unit.
Throughout the morning garda negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone who may have been in the house.
TWO CRIME SCENES DECLARED
Just after 1pm a member of the Emergency Response Unit approached the house and discovered the body of one of the young men in the bedroom.
No other people were present in the house.
An aerial search was then launched and at around 1.40pm two more bodies were discovered in adjoining lands.
Both locations have now been declared as crime scenes and a major investigation into all of the circumstances is underway.
The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau were alerted and are at the scene.
A family liason officer has also been appointed while an incident room has been established.
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Gardai say they are not looking for any other people in connection with the incident.
A number of Garda bodies were involved in the operation including the Emergency Response Unit, Armed Support Unit, National Negotiator Unit, Technical Support Unit (Garda Headquarters), Southern Region Dog Unit and Air Support Unit.
Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact Garda at Mallow station on 022 314 50, the confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.