'We gather to make sense of the senseless': Funeral takes place of two O'Sullivan's killed in Kanturk murder-suicide 

'We gather to make sense of the senseless': Funeral takes place of two O'Sullivan's killed in Kanturk murder-suicide 

Pictured are the two hearses parked outside before the funeral of Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Tadhg O'Sullivan at St Mary’s Church, Castlemagner, Co. Cork today. Tadgh O’Sullivan and his sons Diarmuid and Mark O’Sullivan died from fatal gunshot wounds earlier this week in Kanturk, Co. Cork. Gardai are investigating. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews.ie

THE funeral of 23-year-old Diarmuid and his father, 59-year-old Tadg O'Sullivan who died in a murder-suicide incident in Kanturk earlier this week is taking place this afternoon.

Father Toby Bluitt PP is the chief celebrant for the mass, who in his opening remarks said: "We gather to make sense of the senseless.

"We join with Bishop Crean in offering our deepest sympathies to Ann and to the relatives of and to the extended O’ Sullivan family."

In accordance with current HSE and government guidelines, Diarmuid's and Tadg's funeral mass is private, for family members only, in St Mary's Church, Castlemagner.

In his homily, Fr Bluitt said: "The normally tranquil local area blanketed at this time of year with a myriad of colourful Autumn leaves became a hive of activity and the Autumn light was, for a time, a very distant memory.

"The shock, the numbness, the devastation, was impossible to imagine and the unfolding news of the loss of three lives was incomprehensible."

He spoke of the deceased: "Tadg O’ Sullivan worked in the motor trade locally for over 40 years. From my own encounters with him, I always found him to be very accommodating, friendly and happy in his chosen field.

"Diarmuid attended school in Ballyhass and Kanturk like his older brother Mark and also socialised in Castlemagner. He went on to study Accountancy at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). 

"He finished his studies last June and was due to have his conferring online next week. CIT paid tribute to him and underlined the shock felt within the CIT community at the tragedy.

"One would imagine that life was full of possibilities for him.

"One could also say that both Tadg and Diarmuid touched many people’s lives along the way as they journeyed through life."

However, he said of the incidents that occurred early Monday morning on the family farm in Assolas that there are no answers.

"Today, we come in our grief, our pain, our anger and our confusion.

"Do we chose to allow the heartbreaking turbulence of tragedy to hold us captive?

"To rob us of our destination?

"To cloud the glimmer of light that will guide us on our way?

"Or do we chose to walk out from the shadows and actions of darkness?

To take small steps towards our destination.

"Toward the light and brightness of a new day," Fr Bluitt concluded.

25-year-old Mark O'Sullivan's funeral mass will also be held privately for family only in accordance with guidelines, but will be live-streamed separately on Saturday at 3.30pm from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Kanturk.

It may be viewed at church services.tv/kanturk.

Gardaí believe Mark was shot in his bedroom by his father and younger brother early Monday morning.

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