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RIP Tragic Jamie O'Sullivan, mum Eileen and dad Mossie described as 'lovely people'

The family are well-known in the local community and the horrific discovery was made after neighbours became concerned about them.


Jamie O'Sullivan

Jamie O'Sullivan

Jamie O'Sullivan

A Kerry family who died in a suspected double murder suicide have been described as "gentle lovely people."

Eileen O’Sullivan (56) and her son Jamie (24) were discovered in their beds at their home in Lixnaw.

Eileen’s partner Mossie (60s) was discovered to the rear of the house.

The family are well-known in the local community and the horrific discovery was made after neighbours became concerned about them.

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 yesterday evening.

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

Gardaí raced to the scene and found her son Jamie who was aged in his 20s, 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.

The entire community in Lixnaw and further afield have been left shocked by the tragedy that has rocked the local community this week.

"There is a sense of disbelief and shock in the community. There are three people dead all of a sudden in our community. There is a sense of numbness in the community,” Fr Anthony O’Sullivan told The Kerryman.

Fr O'Sullivan was called to the house in Kilfeighney on Tuesday night at around 11.15pm to administer the last rites. He said it was an ‘upsetting’ scene for everyone involved.

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"The Gardaí were great. They were very sensitive to the situation. There was silence in the house,” he said.

"The loss of three lives is a terrible tragedy.”

Gardaí were called to the scene on Tuesday night at approximately 8.30pm following call to Listowel Garda Station from a member of the public concerned for the residents of a domestic dwelling at Kilfeighney, Lixnaw.

Local Uniform and plain clothes Gardaí attended the scene.

The body of a female (56 years) and a male (24 years) were subsequently discovered in the house. Both bodies appear to have suffered gunshot wounds.

In a follow up search of the outdoor site the body of a male (63 years) was discovered at the boundary of the rear yard, also with gunshot wounds. A firearm was found close to the body.

The bodies of all three persons have been removed to University Hospital Kerry, Tralee where state post-mortems will take place.

The result of the post-mortem will determine the course of the investigation but preliminary findings are that all three persons died as a result of the gunshot wounds.

An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other person in relation to this investigation, at this time.

A spokesperson said: "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. An Garda Síochána appeals for privacy for the family at this time.

"An Garda Síochána is also conscious of the severe impact this incident has on the tight knit community here in Kerry and we are appealing to this community or any other persons who may have any information in relation to the tragic events in Kilfeighney, Lixnaw to contact investigating Gardaí at Listowel Garda Station on 068 50820, the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666."

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