Sunday 15 December 2019

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

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

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).

Father of twins Parents Thomas O'Driscoll griefing the remains of his sons while leaving their home in Chaleville north Cork .
Pic:Mark Condren
5.9.2014
Father of twins Parents Thomas O'Driscoll griefing the remains of his sons while leaving their home in Chaleville north Cork . Pic:Mark Condren 5.9.2014
Mother of twins Ellen O'Driscoll griefing the remains of his sons while leaving their home in Chaleville north Cork . Pic:Mark Condren 5.9.2014
Family and friends grief the remains of twin brothers leaving their home in Chaleville north Cork . Pic:Mark Condren 5.9.2014
Parents Thomas and Ellen O'Driscoll, inset twins Patrick and Thomas
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Forensic Gardai at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Forensic Gardai at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic: Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic: Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic: Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic: Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic: Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Family and friends at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
Forensic Gardai at the scene of the house in Charleville north Cork where two twin boys where stabbed to death. Pic:Mark Condren
The scene of a tragic double killing in Deerpark, Charleville, Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
The scene of the tragedy in Charleville, Cork. Inset: Thomas and Paddy O'Driscoll
The scene of a tragic double killing in Deerpark, Charleville, Cork
The scene at the house in Charleville this evening
The scene at the house in Charleville this evening
The scene at the house in Charleville this evening
Charleville Garda station
The scene of a tragic double killing in Deerpark, Charleville, Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
The scene where two children were found dead in the Charleville area of north county Cork tonight.

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.

Read more: Harrowing scenes as parents say goodbye to their twins

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.

Read more: Grieving mother 'forgives' son for triple tragedy

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.

Read more: Family need time to grieve in aftermath of Charleville tragedy

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.

Samaritans is available round-the-clock on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

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