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shock discovery Firearm was licenced to home at centre of murder-suicide probe in Kerry, reports claim

The body of a man, in his 60s, was discovered near a neighbour's house and a firearm was located close by

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Photo: Domnick Walsh

Photo: Domnick Walsh

Photo: Domnick Walsh

Armed gardai were dispatched last night to the scene in Co Kerry where the bodies of three members of the same family were found, as it emerged a firearm was licensed to the house, it has been reported.

Gardai from Cork prepared for what they believed was a live incident taking place at the location near the village of Lixnaw shortly after 9pm last night due to the presence of a legally held firearm, RTE have reported.

Gardai had already been called to the bungalow home of the family where they found the body of a woman in her 60s and her 23-year-old son.

Given that the woman's partner was missing at that stage, a search was launched and gardai prepared for contingencies as there was a firearm involved.

However, according to RTE, as the armed response unit was making their way at speed from Cork, the body of a man, in his 60s, was discovered near neighbour's house and a firearm was located close by.

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Gardaí at the scene of a suspected murder-suicide in Kerry. Photo: Dominick Walsh

Gardaí at the scene of a suspected murder-suicide in Kerry. Photo: Dominick Walsh

Gardaí at the scene of a suspected murder-suicide in Kerry. Photo: Dominick Walsh

Gardai said last night that they were not looking for any other person in relation to what is now believed be a double murder-suicide.

“Gardaí in Listowel are currently at scene of an incident at a domestic residence in North County Kerry, this evening, Tuesday 7th September, 2021,” they said.

“Gardaí attended a scene and located the body of a female (60s) and a male (20s) inside the dwelling. The body of a male (60s) was discovered outside at the rear of the dwelling. All three bodies have gunshot wounds. A firearm has been recovered at the scene.

“The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been contacted. The scene is currently preserved and investigations are ongoing.”

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Gardaí at the scene

Gardaí at the scene

Gardaí at the scene

According to RTÉ, the older man was a sheep farmer and also a part-time bus driver while the younger man worked with an agricultural contractors.

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Fr Anthony O'Sullivan, parish priest from Lixnaw, told Newstalk: "I was called at 11.15pm to a scene and went into prayers.

"There's a great sense of numbness, disbelief this happened, I feel the same way.

"Words fail me how to comprehend on how I feel.”

Fr O'Sullivan added he hadn't seen the family members since the pandemic.

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys today offered her condolences.

“My deepest sympathies to all impacted by the truly awful tragedy in Lixnaw,” she said.

“The shock and devastation being felt by the family and the community is unimaginable.

“An Garda Síochána is engaging with the local community and will carry out a full investigation.”

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