Charleville tragedy: Murdered twins will be buried separately to older brother
Twin boys (9) murdered at home and body of older brother is discovered 15km away
The twin boys who were murdered in a horrific attack in Charleville, Cork this week will be buried separately to their older brother who killed them before taking his own life.
The funeral arrangements for the three O’Driscoll brothers were confirmed by the family this evening and published online.
The remains of Jonathan (21) and Patrick and Thomas (9) O'Driscoll will be taken to Holy Cross Church in Charleville at 4pm tomorrow afternoon.
The Requiem Mass will take place at the church on Monday at midday, before Paddy and Thomas’s burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Jonathan will be buried in Kilmallock Cemetery later on the same day, at 3pm.
The small community outside of Charleville in north Cork has been left reeling after the deaths of the young boys, Patrick and Tommy O’Driscoll (9).
The horrific attacks may have been witnessed by their young siblings, aged three and five. The twins’ bodies were discovered in separate bedrooms.
Helen O’Driscoll – the mother of the three brothers – told family members that she has forgiven Jonathan for the murder of her boys.
“She told a relative last night she has forgiven Jonathan, her eldest son,” a family member told the Irish Independent yesterday.
The tragedy is being treated as a murder/suicide.
Local priest Father Tom Naughton of the Holy Cross Parish has said that he is finding it hard to come to terms with the tragedy.
“I find it very hard to get used to it myself as a priest,” he told RTE Radio 1 yesterday morning.
He said that the children in the school were the twins attended will be offered counselling after the incident.
“They will be made aware that they have a family that loves them close to them. Unfortunately in life you don’t always understand the depth of the human mind. But kids can grasp things a lot more than we actually give them credit for,” he said.
But he said that it will take “time more than anything else to bring some sort of healing” after what has occurred.
Gardai were alerted to the incident after a child ran to a neighbour’s house, screaming.
A manhunt for their older brother Jonathan, who was seen leaving the house in a car, was launched.
About an hour later a group of children walking along the banks of a river in Buttevant found the vehicle and the body of the 21-year-old lying nearby. Foul play was ruled out.
The Irish Independent understands that the older brother had been minding the twin boys while their parents were away on a shopping trip.
Both boys sustained multiple stab wounds.
A three-year-old and five-year-old were in the house as the tragedy unfolded and it is feared they may have witnessed the attack.
Gardai in Charleville are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
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