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tributes paid Funeral details announced for mum who lost husband and two sons in Kanturk tragedy

Tributes paid to 'brave' Anne O'Sullivan who passed away after a long illness.


Anne O’Sullivan with her beloved son Mark, who was murdered by his brother and dad on the family farm in Co Cork last year.

Anne O’Sullivan with her beloved son Mark, who was murdered by his brother and dad on the family farm in Co Cork last year.

Anne O’Sullivan with her beloved son Mark, who was murdered by his brother and dad on the family farm in Co Cork last year.

The funeral of a mum who lost her husband and two sons in horrific murder-double in Kanturk is to be held on Friday.

Ms O'Sullivan (61), who passed away after a long battle against illness, lost her husband and two sons to an horrific murder-double suicide just six months ago.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday at 1.30pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kanturk, Co Cork.

Residents who had already been left “marked” by the Kanturk tragedy that befell their small communities will be “very upset” following the death of Anne O'Sullivan, a local councillor for the area has said.

She was already battling a long-term health condition when her husband, Tadg (59) and youngest son, Diarmuid (23), fatally confronted her eldest son, Mark (25) in a dispute over a €2m Cork farm inheritance.

It is understood from local sources that she died in the early hours of this morning after being cared for in a hospice over recent times.

Cllr James Kennedy who said he had heard the news “only a few moments ago” described it as “just tragic”.

“What happened there in Kanturk, you know, it would leave a mark on anyone,” Cllr Kennedy said. “We can only pray for her and the family.

“It’s a human tragedy on so many levels. It’s still so difficult to comprehend.

"I don't think it's something you could comprehend, it's just beyond reason.

“As humans we’re all frail and it's a very narrow line that we travel sometimes between reason and unreason. (But something like this) really rips through a community, particularly close communities like that.

“You have to try and be resilient and deal with the matter as best you can.

"But’s it an awful blow for any community to suffer.

"Here in Mallow people were absolutely shocked, and still are, so this (Ms O’Sullivan passing away) is very, very sad.”

Cllr Kennedy said that while he didn’t know the family involved personally, the tragedy had affected everyone in the area.

“I am a councillor for the Mallow electoral area and Kanturk would be just outside my domain,” he said, “but it’s not very far, it's only down the road actually from Mallow.

“We look upon ourselves as kindred towns, there’s a connectivity between Mallow and Kanturk.

“People in Mallow still stop me and talk about it,” he added.

“I was having a chat with some of my friends there only a week ago and it came up in the conversation.

"People just cannot comprehend, you know, the tragedy that has unfolded

“I think this lady passing will be at the forefront of people's minds now. I know people will be very, very upset.

"It’s very sad. We’ll be praying for the family and praying for the lady.

“It might have been a small mercy actually because the weight of that on any human being, and a wonderful human being like her, you know, it’s bound to have maybe shortened her life.

“She was so brave to carry on and try her best but something like that would impact on any human being, no matter how strong or resilient you are.”

On October 26, Tadg and Diarmuid are believed to have confronted Mark in the bedroom of the family home at Assolas outside Kanturk in north Cork and shot him multiple times.

Anne, who was also in the farmhouse, ran to a neighbour's house to raise the alarm.

Mrs O'Sullivan had only returned to the Assolas farmhouse some 36 hours before the tragedy having travelled to a medical appointment in Dublin with her eldest son.

The mother of two - who worked for years as a nurse at Mt Alvernia Hospital outside Mallow - attended both the Requiem Mass of Tadg and Diarmuid and later the Requiem Mass of her son, Mark.

Mark, a trainee solicitor, was hailed as "the greatest son a mother could have."

His Requiem Mass heard that "the bond between them (Anne and Mark) was unbreakable."

"Mark had such a big heart and so much love to give...I can't imagine how much effort and love he put into being Anne's son," his best friend Sharmilla said.

No funeral arrangements have been confirmed.

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