Saturday 29 April 2017

Devastated parents pay tribute to three 'tragic angels'

Jonathan O’Driscoll with his twin nine-year-old brothers Thomas ‘TomTom’ (left) and Patrick ‘Paddy'
Jonathan O’Driscoll with his twin nine-year-old brothers Thomas ‘TomTom’ (left) and Patrick ‘Paddy'
A family snapshot of the twins Patrick and Thomas O'Driscoll
Heartbroken mum Helen O’Driscoll speaks to the media outside the inquest
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The heartbroken parents who lost three sons in a murder-suicide insist they have no regrets over adopting their eldest son, whose mental-health problems were central to the tragedy.

Thomas and Helen O'Driscoll paid a moving tribute to their "three angels" and said they hoped God had provided beds for the trio in Heaven.

Both insisted they "would never turn back the pages - especially with Jonathan", who they fostered as a three-day-old baby and then adopted as a 15-year-old.

Their emotional tribute came as a coroner's inquest heard that Jonathan (21) took his own life minutes after a frenzied knife attack on his "adored" twin brothers Thomas 'TomTom' and Patrick 'Paddy' O'Driscoll in Charleville, Co Cork, on September 4 last year.

Irish Independent

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