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'Not himself' Mossie O'Sullivan was suffering from health issues before killing partner and son

It was claimed that Mr O’Sullivan had recently undergone a colonoscopy

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Mossie O’Sullivan (63) took his own life after killing Eileen O’Sullivan (56) and her son Jamie (24)

Mossie O’Sullivan (63) took his own life after killing Eileen O’Sullivan (56) and her son Jamie (24)

Mossie O’Sullivan (63) took his own life after killing Eileen O’Sullivan (56) and her son Jamie (24)

The man who took his own life after shooting dead his partner and son in Co Kerry this week was “not himself at all” in the run up to the tragedy and was suffering from health issues, it has been reported. 

Mossie O’Sullivan (63) took his own life after killing Eileen O’Sullivan (56) and her son Jamie (24) in a murder-suicide that has shocked the country.

Mr O'Sullivan, who was originally from Ballinclogher, Lixnaw, had recently attended the funeral of a close relative and was described as “not himself at all” by a close friend, according to Kerry's Eye.

It was claimed that Mr O’Sullivan had recently undergone a colonoscopy although the results of medical tests “were not known to his extended family who are devastated by the killings”, the paper reported.

Superintendent Paul Kennedy of Listowel Garda station told reporters yesterday how that family was well-regarded and private.

He said: “This is a very decent, well-respected family who were not known to us and were very well regarded in the community.

"At the moment we don’t have a motive and we are appealing to people in the community that have any information to come forward to us.

“A family liaison officer has been appointed to the extended families of the deceased and An Garda Síochána will support the families during this personal tragedy for them,” he said.

“An Garda Síochána is also appealing for privacy for the families at this time.”

Supt Kennedy said locals were shocked by events.

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“Obviously in a close-knit community of this nature it is impacting on them profusely and I suppose that is in the light that we have a lot of unanswered questions in an incident of this nature,” he said.

He said that gardai had not visited the address for any reason in the recent past and that he had “no knowledge of anyone in the days preceding that would have contacted us” who had expressed concern for any family members.

Supt Kennedy could not say if there had been any notes found at the scene.

“I am not going to confirm anything at this time as you can appreciate,” he said. “Our technical bureau only arrived a short time earlier so we are at the very early stages of investigating the scene itself.”

The alarm was raised by a neighbour who called to the family’s home outside the village of Lixnaw, in the north of the county, at around 9pm on Tuesday.

They discovered the lifeless body of Eileen inside the house and immediately raised the alarm.

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Gardia at the scene in Listowel, Co Kerry, where three family members have been found dead with gunshot wounds (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardia at the scene in Listowel, Co Kerry, where three family members have been found dead with gunshot wounds (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardia at the scene in Listowel, Co Kerry, where three family members have been found dead with gunshot wounds (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardaí raced to the scene and found her son Jamie also inside the house. A short time later gardaí located the body of Mossie outside at the rear of the house.

All three bodies had sustained gunshot wounds.

A firearm was recovered at the scene and is due to undergo ballistic testing.

Gardaí said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident at this time.

The scene at the rural house was sealed off and preserved as investigators awaited the arrival of the State Pathologist and members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Post-mortem examinations are to be carried out on the three bodies that were transferred to University Hospital Kerry in Tralee.

Gardaí in Listowel are leading the investigation and an incident room has been established.

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