Saturday 31 January 2015

Twins (9) stabbed to death at home as older brother's body found 15kms away

Published 04/09/2014 | 18:11

Two twin boys (9) have been stabbed to death in a house in north Cork as the body of an older brother was found 15kms away.

The boys’ bodies were found in Deerpark in Charleville by another sibling, who ran to neighbours' houses and raised the alarm just after 5pm.

The scene at the house in Charleville this evening

The boys were named locally as Thomas and Paddy O'Driscoll.

The twins were stabbed to death and were found in separate bedrooms of the house.

The scene where two children were found dead in the Charleville area of north county Cork tonight
The scene where two children were found dead in the Charleville area of north county Cork tonight

Two younger children, aged 3 and 5 years of age, were believed to also be in the house at the time. 

A third body, the boys' older brother, Jonathan O'Driscoll (21), was discovered in Buttevant, also in north Cork, this evening.

Gardai are not seeking anybody in relation to the discovery of Jonathan O'Driscoll's body.

Buttevant is located approximately 15kms from Charleville.

The scene at the house in Charleville this evening

Gardai believe the discovery of Jonathan O'Driscoll's body is connected to the deaths of the two boys.

Jonathan O'Driscoll's body was discovered near the river's bank in Buttervant by a group of children.

A sizeable crowd of friends and extended family gathered outside the house in Charleville shortly after news of the deaths broke.

The parents of the O'Driscoll twins were on a shopping trip and the boys were being minded.

The boys’ parents were being comforted nearby by other relatives this evening.

"The bodies remain at the scene and the area has been sealed off for technical examination, diversions are in place," the Garda press office said in a statement.

"The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and post mortems are expected to be carried out tomorrow on the bodies of the two children."

A number of emergency services vehicles, including ambulances, remain at the scene.

A large crowd of people gathered on the road outside the property and a long line of cars were parked nearby.

Gardai manned two checkpoints on the northern and southern sides of the main road about two miles from the house, believed to be a family home.

Gardai have closed the Charleville to Deerpark main road to Limerick.

A local councillor has said the local community are stunned at the tragedy.

Labour councillor Noel McCarthy told “It’s a huge shock and very, very sad.

“Any tragedy like that is just terrible, but you never think it’s going to happen in your area.”

Councillor McCarthy is based in Fermoy, said the whole region is shocked by the news.

“People will be very shocked and very upset. The community is very tight knit and all our hearts go out to the family.”

Gardai in Charleville are investigating the matter and have appealed to anyone with information to contact them on (022) 31450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

*Samaritans is available round-the-clock on 116 123 or email

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