KANTURK farm killers Tadg and Diarmuid O’Sullivan will be laid to rest today – but their grieving wife and mother are unlikely to attend the funerals.
It is believed that Anne O’Sullivan’s husband and younger son shot older son Mark several times in his room early Monday – before turning guns on themselves in a nearby field in Co Cork.
The private funerals of Tadgh, 59, and Diarmuid, 23, will take place at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Castlemagner, Co Cork.
The couple, who committed suicide in a suicide pact, are then interred together on the family property in St. Brigid’s Cemetery in the village.
Heartbroken Mother Anne is not expected to be there, but she will lead the mourners tomorrow for the funeral of her 26-year-old son Mark at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kanturk. It will be streamed online at 3:30 p.m.
The tragic Markus, who sustained up to seven wounds after his father and brother shot him with their legally held .22 rifles, is buried in an unnamed cemetery, but not on the same property as his father and brother.
A source told us, “Mark’s show will be special and will reflect his warm and friendly personality. He was very much loved by Anne, who absolutely adored him and was so proud of his accomplishments.
“He had a heart full of love and adored his mother alike, which was evident from the way he looked after her when she had to go to Dublin for major surgery and then was with her during her recovery.
“He accompanied her back to her farmhouse on Sunday, none of them had any idea of the terrible and shocking tragedy that would loom a few hours later.
“Anne is determined that Mark will be remembered as her loving son and not as a victim of this incredible plan her husband and younger son worked out.”
‘HEART BROKEN MOTHER
In online obituaries, Anne is described as the “broken hearted mother” of Mark and Diarmuid and the “broken hearted woman” of Tadg.
Gardai believes the horror unfolded over a dispute over a will being considered by Anne, the owner of the precious 115 acre farm that has been in the family for many years.
She planned to leave the property to her eldest son, Mark.
But Diarmuid was deeply upset by the decision because he believed he should leave part of the country – and his father was on his side.
Legal documents found by police officers after the shooting indicated that the matter had turned into a controversial legal battle between the divided family.
Notes from Diarmuid and Tadg were discovered in the clothes they were wearing. They both had individual gunshot wounds to the head.
In a long and long letter to his mother, Diarmuid described his ailments, while the note left by Tadg contained similar feelings.
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A letter from Mark found in his mother’s pill pouch seemed to indicate that he had an inkling of future tragic events or that he had recorded an overheard conversation between his father and brother.
Pastor Canon Toby Bluitt, who will oversee all funerals, said yesterday: “We are all deeply shocked and stunned by this heartbreaking news.
“We pray the Lord’s comfort for Ann and her family and pray for God’s mercy for Tadhg, Diarmuid and Mark. May they rest in peace. ”
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