Tue, 24 Nov 2020

CO CORK - Gardai are continuing their investigations into the deaths of a father and his two sons at a farmhouse in Assolas, Kanturk, in north Co. Cork. on Monday following post mortems of two of the men on Tuesday, and the third scheduled for Wednesday morning.

A major gardai operation was launched after shots were fired at a home in the area. There was a media blackout on the situation for several hours as gardai sought to evaluate and take control of the situation.

Th drama began around 6.30am on Monday when garda in Kanturk were alerted to a Critical Firearms incident at Assolas, Kanturk, Co. Cork.

A short time earlier a woman in her 60s, alerted neighbours that firearms had been discharged at her home. Gardai were informed that 3 men were present in the house, and that one may have been shot.

Garda from Kanturk arrived on the scene shortly after and were told further gunshots had been heard locally. Immediately An Garda Siochana initiated its Critical Firearms incident response. The scene of the incident, a family home, was contained by local uniform and plain clothes garda supported by the Armed Support Unit.

An Operational Commander was assigned to control the incident supported by the Emergency Response Unit, Armed Support Unit, National Negotiator Unit, Technical Support Unit (Garda Headquarters), Southern Region Dog Unit and the Air Support Unit.

Additional support was provide by the HSE National Ambulance Service.

Throughout the morning garda negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone in the farmhouse. After 1:00pm members of the Emergency Response Unit approached the house and the body of a man in his 20's, who had died from a gunshot wound, was discovered in a bedroom in the house. No-one else was found to be present in the house.

The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter then commenced an aerial search of the adjoining lands. Some forty minutes later two further bodies, a man in his late 50s and a male in his 20's were discovered in adjoining lands. Preliminary indications indicate both men died of gunshot wounds.

They were later named as Tadhg O'Sullivan, 59 (pictured), and his two sons, Mark, 26, and Diarmaid, 23.

Both locations have been declared crime scenes and An Garda Sochna commenced it's investigation into all the circumstances of the incident under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer. The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau were alerted and quickly raced to the scene.

A family liaison officer was appointed and an incident room established in Kanturk.

An Garda Sochna say they are not looking for any other person or persons in connection with the incident at this time.

An Garda Sochna is appealing to any person who may have any information which may assist in the investigation of the incidents to contact investigating Garda at Mallow Garda Station 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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