The mum of a family killed in a suspected ‘murder suicide’ ran to a friend’s house to raise the alarm after the horrific triple shooting.
It is believed the mother, Ann, did not have a mobile phone so ran to a neighbour at around 6:30am during the dispute between her husband and two sons at the farm in Kanturk, north Cork.
The mum, believed to be in her 60s and battling an ongoing health issue, escaped the rural property and ran ‘some distance’ to get help.
Gardai [Irish Police] were alerted yesterday morning that three men were inside the house and one may have suffered gunshot wounds.
The tragedy eventually claimed the lives of Timothy ‘Tadhg’ O’Sullivan, 59, and his sons Mark, 25, and Diarmuid 23.
The body of one of the son’s was reportedly found in a bedroom inside the house, while the father and other son were found on adjoining land.
All three had suffered fatal gunshots.
It is alleged that their deaths are linked to a disagreement over family inheritance, CorkBeo reports.
Local sources have told CorkBeo that the family were already under severe strain due to a serious illness affecting one family member.
It is understood that Gardai were aware of legally-held firearms in the house, which is relatively isolated and surrounded by land that is popular with local gun-clubs.
Local councillor John Paul O’Shea said: “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.”
It’s understood that the younger son had only very recently returned to the family home.
Two rifles and a shotgun were found at the scene and are being examined by investigators.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Both locations have been declared as crime scenes and An Garda Síochána has commenced a full investigation into all the circumstances of the incident under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.
“The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been contacted and are on the way to both scenes.
“A family liaison officer has been appointed and an incident room has been established in Kanturk.
“An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other persons in connection with this incident at this time.
“An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person who may have any information which may assist in the investigation of the incidents which occurred this morning to contact investigating Garda at Mallow Garda Station 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”