Farmer shot wife and son in their beds then turned gun on himself in field

A farmer murdered his partner and their adult son while they slept in their beds before killing himself in a nearby field.

Tragic Eileen, 56, and Jamie O’Sullivan, 24, were shot and killed by 63-year-old Mossie O'Sullivan on Tuesday night.

Mossie was later found dead from a fatal gunshot wound in a neighbour's field, Irish Mirror reports.

The motive for the vicious killings has yet to be established as gardai appeal to the community to come forward with any information that could help the investigation.

Eileen and Jamie's bodies were found in separate bedrooms while Mossie and the shotgun were found behind a neighbour's house.

All three bodies had fatal gunshot wounds.

John O'Mahony, a neighbouring farmer who found the bodies in Lixnaw, Co Kerry, said: “When I went into the house, I found them, both were in their beds. It’s a terrible thing for any neighbour to have to witness.”

He alerted gardai who told him to “stay where you are and don’t go looking for him."

John added: “I was only talking to him on Sunday night, you couldn’t see anything like this coming.

"The family were the soundest crowd you could meet – we can’t believe this is happening.”

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Horrified residents have spoken fondly of the family who had no history of any trouble.

63-year-old Mossie was a popular sheep farmer and was a known fan of hurling.

His long-term partner Eileen was reportedly always out walking her dog and was very well liked around the community.

Their 24-year-old son Jamie played hurling with local side Crotta O'Neills at underage level and had recently bagged a job at a crane company.

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His friends told the Irish Mirror they felt “sick to the stomach” after hearing what happened.

One woman who studied alongside him for several years at the Causeway Comprehensive school said: “Everyone who knew him from school is in shock right now.”

Another former classmate said they were all in “complete disbelief”.

She added: “He was lovely, just the loveliest person.

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“I knew him for years and he was so sweet in school. No one can believe this has happened.”

Gardai believe the bodies could have been in the home for several hours before being found.

He added: “We have a lot of unanswered questions in an incident of this nature and we’re appealing to people within the community to come forward if they have any information, regardless of how insignificant it is, that may help us determine what happened.

“We’re at an early stage of the investigation and we have an open mind in relation to events leading up to this.

“We’ll be examining everything.”

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