The remains of the three family members who died in a shooting incident near Kanturk have been brought to Cork University Hospital.
The bodies of the members of the O'Sullivan family - Tadgh (59) and his two sons Mark and Diarmuid, aged in their 20s, were removed from the scene at the family farm in Assolas by three hearses this evening.
The O'Sullivans were well known in the local area, and Mr O'Sullivan had worked in a local garage.
It's understood Mark was a graduate of UCC and was a trainee solicitor, while Diarmuid had done accountancy at CIT.
A family liaison officer has been appointed by An Garda Síochana and the family have requested strict privacy.
A local councillor has said people in the Kanturk area are "saddened and shocked" by the tragedy that unfolded today.
Three men - a father and two sons - Tadgh O'Sullivan, 59, and his two sons, Diarmuid and Mark, both in their 20s were killed in an apparent suicide at the family farm in Assolas.
Fine Gael councillor John Paul O'Shea knew the family.
He said: "Everyone is deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy. My thoughts go out to the family and to the wider community of Castlemagner and Kanturk as they come to terms with this unimaginable loss.
“There is a strong and determined community spirit in Castlemagner and the community there I know will rally around their families, neighbours and friends over the coming days as they deal with this tragic loss."
An Garda Síochana is conducting a criminal investigation into the tragic circumstances that surrounded the deaths of three men in a shooting incident in a small rural area in North Cork.
The remains of Tadgh O'Sullivan, 59, and his two sons, Diarmuid and Mark, both in their 20s, were discovered at two locations at the family farm at Assolas today.
Gardaí held a press conference this evening where they outlined the incident.
Garda negotiators tried to make contact with people that may have been in the house throughout the morning, and shortly after 1pm members of the emergency response unit approached the house.
The body of a male in his twenties with a gunshot wound was discovered in a bedroom.
The Garda support unit helicopter commenced an aerial check of the adjoining land and at approximately 1.40pm two further bodies, a male in his fifties and a male in his twenties were discovered.
Supt Adrian Gamble said that a number of firearms were seized at the scene and will be subject to later technical examination.
He added that preliminary indications show that both men found in the field suffered gunshot wounds.
"I can confirm that all three men were from the one family. Both locations have been sealed off and a full criminal investigation is underway.
"A family liaison officer has been appointed by An Garda Síochana and the family have requested strict privacy.
"We would like to take this opportunity to appeal to witnesses to come forward and contact Mallow Garda Station, the Garda National Confidential line or any other Garda station," Supt Adrian Gamble concluded.
THE three men shot dead in an incident in Kanturk were a father and two adult sons.
One of the sons was found in a bedroom of the family home at Assolas, near Kanturk, while the father and the other son were found in a field near the house.
Gardai are investigating if the incident is connected to an inheritance dispute.
A pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau are both due at the scenes this evening as a woman who raised the alarm at 6.30am this morning is being comforted.
She is the wife of the older man and mother of the two brothers, who are both in their 20s.
The woman, who is in her 60s, went to a neighbour's house to seek help after shots were fired in the house, and gardaí were alerted.
The farmyard is located off the road between Kanturk and Castlemagner, in a laneway.
A garda spokesman said: ''Gardai were informed that 3 males were present in the house, and that one male may have suffered from gunshot wounds. Gardaí from Kanturk responded to the scene arriving shortly afterwards and were informed that further gunshots had been heard locally. Immediately An Garda Siochana initiated its Critical Firearms incident response. The scene of the incident, a family home, was contained by local uniform and plain clothes Gardaí supported by Armed Support Unit.''
Gardai remained at the scene throughout the morning, supported by the Emergency Response Unit, Armed Support Unit, National Negotiator Unit, Technical Support Unit (Garda Headquarters), Southern Region Dog Unit and Air Support Unit. Additional support was provided by the HSE National Ambulance Service.
The spokesman continued: ''Throughout the morning Garda negotiators attempted to make contact with any persons in the house. After 1pm members of the Emergency Response Unit approached the house and the body of a male in his 20’s, with gunshot wound, was discovered in a bedroom of the house. No other persons were present in the house.''
The Garda Air Support Unit carried out a search of nearby lands, and two bodies were recovered. One was of a man in his 50s and the other was of a man in his 20s.
The both appear to have died from gunshot wounds. The office of the State pathologist has been informed.
The spokesman added: ''Both locations have been declared as crime scenes and An Garda Síochána has commenced a full investigation into all the circumstances of the incident under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer. The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been contacted and are on the way to both scenes. A family liaison officer has been appointed and an incident room has been established in Kanturk.''
An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person who may have any information which may assist in the investigation of the incidents which occurred this morning to contact investigating Garda at Mallow Garda Station 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.