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Irish sheep farmer shot partner and adult son before killing himself in ‘murder-suicide’ in Kerry

An Irish sheep farmer has shot his partner and adult son in their beds before turning the gun on himself in a suspected ‘murder-suicide’.

The our bodies of Mossie O’Sullivan, 63, his partner Eileen, 56, and their adult son, Jamie, 24, have been found close to Lixnaw, County Kerry on Tuesday night after issues have been raised a few door being left open at their property.

A neighbour known as to the house round 8.30pm the place he found the our bodies of Eileen and Jamie in their bedrooms with deadly gunshot wounds.

Officers have been alerted and in a follow-up search outdoors the house, police discovered the physique of Mossie O’Sullivan, on the boundary of the rear yard, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A firearm, which he legally held, was recovered near his physique.

The our bodies of sheep farmer Mossie O’Sullivan, 63, (pictured) his partner Eileen, 56, and their adult son, Jamie, 24, have been found at residence close to Lixnaw, County Kerry on Tuesday night

Police have launched an investigation into what they imagine is a double murder and suicide, although a motive for the killings has not but been established. 

They aren’t in search of anybody else in reference to the deaths.

Speaking to native newspaper, The Kerryman, neighbour John O’Mahony who discovered the our bodies of Eileen and Jamie stated: ‘When I went into the home, I discovered them, each have been in their beds. It’s a horrible factor for any neighbour to should witness.’

He added: ‘I used to be solely speaking to him on Sunday evening, you could not see something like this coming.

‘The household have been the soundest crowd you would meet – we won’t imagine that is after taking place.’

Mossie labored part-time as a sheep farmer and in addition to being a ‘passionate beekeeper’ and had beforehand labored as a faculty bus driver.

A neighbour known as to the house round 8.30pm, after issues have been raised a few door being left open at their property, the place he found the our bodies of Eileen (pictured) and Jamie in their beds with deadly gunshot wounds

Son Jamie labored with agricultural contractors and not too long ago acquired a job on the crane company Liebherr in Killarney.

Gardai investigating the taking pictures have appealed to the area people in Co Kerry for assist, saying there are loads of ‘unanswered questions’.

Superintendent Paul Kennedy stated gardai weren’t made conscious of any points with the household.

He described them as a ‘first rate household’ who weren’t beforehand identified to gardai.

‘We haven’t any data of anybody in the times previous this that may have contacted us immediately,’ Superintendent Kennedy stated.

‘We have loads of unanswered questions. At the second, we do not have motive.

‘We are interesting for individuals to return ahead to assist decide what occurred.’

He stated gardai are preserving an open thoughts in the investigation about what occurred in the lead-up to the taking pictures.

In a follow-up search, officers discovered the physique of father Mossie O’Sullivan on the boundary of the rear yard, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Pictured: Son Jamie O’Sullivan

On Wednesday, Supt Kennedy stated: ‘At roughly 8.30pm yesterday, gardai in Listowel acquired a name from a member of the general public involved for the residents of a home dwelling at Kilfeighney, Lixnaw.

‘Local uniform and plain garments gardai attended the scene.’

The scene was preserved in a single day and the Garda Technical Bureau commenced a forensic examination on Wednesday afternoon.

State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster visited the scene earlier on Wednesday.

The our bodies of all three individuals have been faraway from the scene to University Hospital Kerry, Tralee, the place state autopsy examinations will happen.

Gardai stated the results of the post-mortems will decide the course of the investigation, however preliminary findings are that every one three died on account of the gunshot wounds.

‘An Garda Siochana isn’t in search of some other individual in relation to this investigation right now,’ Supt. Kennedy stated.

Gardai have launched an investigation into what they imagine is a double murder and suicide, although a motive for the killings has not but been established

‘A household liaison officer has been appointed to the prolonged households of the deceased and gardai will help the households throughout this personal tragedy for them.

‘An Garda Siochana appeals for privateness for the household right now.

‘We are additionally acutely aware of the extreme influence this incident has on the tight-knit group right here in Kerry and we’re interesting to this group or some other individuals who might have any info in relation to the tragic occasions to contact gardai at Listowel Garda station on 068 50820, the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666.’

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys tweeted: ‘My deepest sympathies to all impacted by the actually terrible tragedy in Lixnaw.

‘The shock and devastation being felt by the household and the group is unimaginable.

‘An Garda Siochana is participating with the area people and will perform a full investigation.’

Parish priest of Lixnaw, Father Anthony O’Sullivan, stated the area people is ‘numb’.

He was known as to the scene on the household bungalow shortly before 11pm on Tuesday evening, the place he administered the final rites and stated a variety of prayers.

‘There is a superb sense of numbness and disbelief that this has occurred,’ Fr O’Sullivan instructed Newstalk.

‘Personally I really feel the identical approach – numb and failing to grasp or specific how I really feel about what has occurred.’

The our bodies of all three individuals have been faraway from the scene to University Hospital Kerry, Tralee, on Wednesday (pictured) the place state autopsy examinations will happen 

He added: ‘I’m right here almost two years and met considered one of them briefly. It’s a really caring parish with caring individuals.’

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae stated: ‘The group is shocked and deeply saddened on the occasions that unfolded final evening in Lixnaw.

‘It’s a really quiet place and a really close-knit group and everyone seems to be devastated at what occurred.

‘No-one can comprehend, no-one can perceive, and we’re deeply upset by what occurred.

‘Unfortunately tragedies like these have gotten extra frequent.

‘In a group the place everyone is aware of everyone, the primary response is how may this occur and why did this occur?

‘I feel that now isn’t the time for these questions. I feel now could be the time to be supportive of the household and their associates of the bereaved individuals, and that’s our job now to help them in their time of want and misery.

‘That is what we will probably be doing.

‘They have lived in the world for a very long time and we need to help the bereaved individuals in no matter approach we are able to.’