Sunday 11 December 2016

Devastated parents pay tribute to three 'tragic angels'

Published 20/08/2015 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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