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'No words' Tributes paid to tragic dad and brothers who died in suspected murder-suicide in Cork

"This tragedy is heartbreaking, and we extend our thoughts and sympathy to his mother, Ann."

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An ambulance leaves the scene near Kanturk where three men were killed.

An ambulance leaves the scene near Kanturk where three men were killed.

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An ambulance leaves the scene near Kanturk where three men were killed.

Tributes have been paid to the father and two sons who died in a suspected double murder-suicide in Cork.

Timothy 'Tadhg' O'Sullivan (59) and his two sons, Mark (25) and Diarmuid (23), all died in a shooting incident at Assolas outside Kanturk, Co Cork on Monday morning.

The tragedy was apparently sparked by a dispute between the two sons over an inheritance linked to a recent will.

It is understood the inheritance involved farmland in the area.

Their mother, Ann O'Sullivan, who is in her early 60s and in poor health, ran to a neighbour's house to raise the alarm after she heard gunshots at 6.40am on Monday.

Gardaí later found the body of Mark in a bedroom at the family home.

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Mark O'Sullivan

Mark O'Sullivan

Mark O'Sullivan

The bodies of Diarmuid and Tadhg were found just metres apart in a field some 600m from the property.

All three died from gunshot wounds.

Gardaí recovered three legally held firearms from the scene - two rifles and a shotgun.

Post mortem examinations will be conducted on all three at Cork University Hospital (CUH) today.

Today, tributes have been paid to the deceased.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has confirmed that Diarmuid O’Sullivan was a recent student who concluded his studies in June 2020 and was due to be conferred next week with a First Class Honours degree in Accounting.

CIT Head of Student Affairs Dr Dan Collins said the entire community was in shock as news of the tragic deaths unfolded yesterday.

“There are no words anyone can say to express how people are feeling," he said.

"This tragedy is heartbreaking, and we extend our thoughts and sympathy to his mother, Ann."

"We also keep in our thoughts, and prayers, his brother Mark and his father Tadgh. We are mindful at this time of his friends, classmates, and staff of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, as well as the extended family and neighbours.”

Dr Collins indicated that staff described Diarmuid as a young man with promise, who was a hard worker, respected, and held in high regard by staff and students alike.

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Tadgh and Diarmuid O’Sullivan

Tadgh and Diarmuid O’Sullivan

Tadgh and Diarmuid O’Sullivan

Mark had recently completed his law studies, achieving a Masters degree.

He is understood to have studied in both Cork and at University of Limerick.

Tributes were paid locally to Tadhg O'Sullivan who had worked for 40 years in the motor trade. He was working in a Charleville garage over recent years.

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