Dad and two sons killed in farm shooting after ‘family inheritance row’

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A father and his two sons found dead at their rural home allegedly died following a disagreement over family inheritance, it has been reported.

The bodies of Tadgh O'Sullivan, 50s, and his two sons, Diarmuid, 22 and Mark, 26, were discovered in Assolas, Kanturk on Monday 26 October shortly before 6.30am.

Tadgh’s wife, a woman in her 60s, is reported to have ran to a neighbours and alerted police as there had been shots fired in her home.

It is understood the family were under severe strain due to a serious illness affecting a family member and the shooting is being linked to an alleged disagreement over family inheritance, CorkBeo has reported.

During a media briefing, Superintendent Adrian Gamble, of Fermoy Garda Station, described the incident as a "terrible tragedy" and confirmed the three deceased were family.

Gardai (Irish Police) swarmed the house in northern Cork, Ireland, and attempted to make contact with anyone inside the farmhouse before entering.

Shortly before 1pm, the body of a man, in his 20s, who had only just returned to the family home, was found in his bedroom.

The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter then commenced an aerial search of the adjoining lands for the two other men.

Half a kilometre away, the body of another man in his 20s and a man in his late 50s were discovered in a field.

It is understood the family legally held three firearms in the house and Gardai has since seized the items for forensic examination.

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