Gardaí hopes the results of autopsies from Margaret Bolster, the state pathologist, will answer some of the many questions in the case where trainee lawyer Mark O’Sullivan was shot dead in his hospital bedroom at around 6 a.m. on Monday, family farmhouse.
The bodies of his father Tadhg (59) and his brother Diarmuid (23) were found with gunshot wounds in a nearby field. They were near two guns.
The tragedy is believed to have been sparked by disagreements over who should inherit land on the 150 acre family farm in Assolas, Castlemagner, near Kanturk.
Despite previous reports of a recent incident at the remote farmhouse, Gardaí said there had been no Garda interaction with the deceased men or their family prior to the tragic events of October 26th.
Gardaí is also investigating an alleged suicide note found on the body of Diarmuid O’Sullivan.
The note, which is said to be more than ten pages long, was found strapped to Diarmuid O’Sullivan.
Gardaí is now investigating whether the details of the note could reveal whether the murders were planned in advance.
It is believed that the younger son, Diarmuid, an aspiring accountant, may have felt violated by the terms of a will whereby his brother would have inherited land on the farm he felt entitled to.
The bodies of the three men were later found.
Aindrias Moynihan, Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North-West, said the local community was still affected by the tragedy.
“It’s a terrible tragedy,” he said. “I think people are really, really shocked.
“It’s so hard to get your head around.
“I know there is a strong local community that will gather together, but the shock and horror will shake people to the core.”
He said there is an overwhelming sense of disbelief and terrible loss in the area.
“It’s just so tragic for the family. And it’s a big blow to the church.
Father John Magner, the parish priest in Kanturk parish, blessed the three bodies at the scene and later offered consolation to Ms. O’Sullivan.
“I’ve spent some time talking to her and offering comfort. I prayed for her to have the strength to face this enormous loss, ”said Father Magner.
“I didn’t know what to say. I did my best to talk to her and pray about her. ”
“It was a very sad scene,” he said.
Paul Gallagher, Press Secretary for Castlemagner GAA, said, “People are still trying to come to terms with what happened.
“Grief is difficult to deal with at best – but when you add the circumstances of a tragedy of this magnitude, the grief only increases tenfold.
“Plus, the whole Covid-19 scenario makes things even more complicated because usually the community gathers when you have a tragedy or a bereavement.
“You would call and do your part, but this whole Covid-19 thing ruined all of that.
“People have to be very aware of that.”
He added, “That is, we will do everything we can within the guidelines to make sure we do a little for the family.”
He said Mark and Diarmuid were involved in the GAA when they were at Ballyhass National School after playing with Croke Rovers, a teenage hurling and football club in the Duhallow division made up of players from the GAA clubs Castlemagner and Kilbrin put together.
Timothy ‘Tadgh’ O’Sullivan, 59, died of gunshot wounds in a field on his family farm.
He is from North Cork and is an only child. When he married Anne, he moved from his home in Roskeen to Assolas outside of Kanturk.
They lived on a farm that was inherited from Anne’s family.
Mr. O’Sullivan worked in the motor vehicle trade all his adult life, most recently in a garage in North Cork.
The deceased was respected in the local community for his hard work and was an avid sports fan.
His second cousin, Paul O’Sullivan, said, “I can’t understand. It makes no sense. My heart goes out to the family. ”
Mark O’Sullivan, 25, has been referred to as the “gentle soul” and received a Masters degree in Economics and Law last year.
It is believed that he was training to be a lawyer at the time of his death.
His Facebook profile shows him smiling with friends and traveling the world at his graduation ceremony.
Mark was the eldest of Tadhg and Ann O’Sullivan’s two children.
He loved sports and regularly attended GAA games.
His friend and former classmate Siddhant Shahane said Mark was the last person he could imagine this sort of thing.
“The mark I knew was a very gentle soul,” he said to RTÉ. “A nice guy who always helps.”
Diarmuid O’Sullivan was due to be awarded a first class degree in accounting next week.
The 23-year-old, who graduated in June, was “a very promising young man,” according to staff at the Cork Institute of Technology.
Dr. Collins said the staff described Diarmuid as “a young man of promise” who was “a hard worker who was respected and valued by staff and students alike.”
He started studying accounting and business management in 2016 after passing his graduation certificate from Coláiste Treasa in Kanturk according to his LinkedIn profile.
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