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Lengthy note discovered on body of Diarmuid O’Sullivan after Kanturk shooting

It is hoped the 12-page note will shed new light on the circumstances behind the tragedy in Co Cork.

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The farmhouse in Assolas, Kanturk, north-east Co Cork, where the bodies of Tadgh O’Sullivan and his two sons Diarmuid and Mark were found on Monday (Niall Carson/PA)

The farmhouse in Assolas, Kanturk, north-east Co Cork, where the bodies of Tadgh O’Sullivan and his two sons Diarmuid and Mark were found on Monday (Niall Carson/PA)

The farmhouse in Assolas, Kanturk, north-east Co Cork, where the bodies of Tadgh O’Sullivan and his two sons Diarmuid and Mark were found on Monday (Niall Carson/PA)

A lengthy note was discovered on the body of one of the men killed in the Kanturk shooting in Co Cork.

A detailed 12-page note was found on the body of Diarmuid O’Sullivan, the 23-year-old student found dead alongside his father in a field near the family farm on Monday.

A third and final post-mortem examination in the case was completed on Wednesday afternoon, but gardai said they would not be disclosing details of the results.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the coroner.

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Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

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Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

Gardai are trying to determine the sequence of events that led to the deaths of brothers Mark and Diarmuid and their father Tadgh.

Mark was discovered in the family home, while Diarmuid and Tadgh were later found in a field 500 metres away.

All three had suffered gunshot wounds.

One line of inquiry is that the tragedy was caused by a dispute over inheritance.

Gardai are now examining if the note can provide evidence on whether the killings were pre-planned.

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee has described the events as an ‘unspeakable tragedy’ (Niall Carson/PA)

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has described the events as an ‘unspeakable tragedy’ (Niall Carson/PA)

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee has described the events as an ‘unspeakable tragedy’ (Niall Carson/PA)

Justice Minister Helen McEntee described the deaths as an “unspeakable tragedy”.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Ms McEntee also paid tribute to the emergency services who responded to the shooting.

She said: “I’m not sure what I can say other than this is an absolute tragedy. I do want to offer my sincerest condolences to the family, to the entire community who I know are in shock following on from this.

“Just to acknowledge as well, I know a lot of local services attended the scene and to thank them for the way in which they have carried out their work.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy and I really hope the family can find some solace somehow.”

The bodies were taken to Cork University Hospital after state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster attended the scene.

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Tadgh O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

Tadgh O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

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Tadgh O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

The Garda said post-mortem examinations on the bodies of two of the men were completed on Tuesday but the results were not divulged.

A Garda spokesman said on Tuesday evening that “contrary to some reports”, there had been “no Garda interaction with the deceased men, or their family, prior to the tragic events of October 26 2020”.

Gardai have indicated they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

They were alerted to a “critical firearms incident” at around 6.30am on Monday after Tadgh O’Sullivan’s wife Ann raised the alarm that firearms may have been discharged at her home.

Gardai were told three men were in the house, and one may have suffered gunshot wounds.

The Garda initiated its critical firearms incident response, and negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone in the property during the morning.

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Mark O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

Mark O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

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Mark O’Sullivan (Family Handout/An Garda Siochana/PA)

Officers from the emergency response unit, armed support unit, national negotiator unit, technical support unit (Garda Headquarters), southern region dog unit and air support unit were involved.

Shortly after 1pm, gardai approached the house where they found the body of one of the brothers in a bedroom.

The bodies of his brother and father were found on adjoining land after an aerial search.

A number of firearms were found at the scene and seized. They are being examined by ballistic officers.

An appeal has been made for any witnesses to contact investigating gardai at Mallow Garda station on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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