A tragic father and his two sons found dead in a suspected murder- suicide in Ireland have been named locally.

The bodies of brothers Diarmuid and Mark O'Sullivan – both in their 20s – and their dad Tadgh – who was in his 50s – were discovered on Monday at a remote property in near Kanturk in north-east County Cork.

Garda Superintendent Adrian Gamble confirmed all three were from one family, and all had suffered gunshot wounds.

He said Gardai had been alerted to a "critical firearms incident" at around 6.30am on Monday.

He added: "A short time earlier, a female in her 60s alerted neighbours that a firearm had been discharged at her home.

"Gardai were then informed that three males were present in the house, and that one may have suffered gunshot wounds.

"Throughout the course of the morning and early afternoon, Garda negotiators attempted to make contact with people that may have been in the house.

"Shortly after 1pm, members of the emergency response unit approached the house and sadly, the body of a male in his 20s, with a gunshot wound was discovered in a bedroom.

Three bodies have been discovered after a horror shooting incident in Cork this afternoon. The body of a man in his 20s was found inside a house in Assolas, Kanturk shortly after 1pm. Gardai had been alerted to the scene after a neighbour heard gunshots. Two further bodies, a male in his late 50s and a male in his 20’s, were discovered in adjoining lands after an air search. Gardai have sealed off the area with a major investigation underway.
Police at the remote property after the grim discovery this morning

"No other people were present."

The two other bodies were later found on adjoining land.

Superintendent Gamble said a number of firearms were found at the scene and seized.

He added: "Preliminary indications show that both men had suffered tragic gunshot wounds. I confirm that all three deceased men were from the one family."

Local representatives said the tragedy had left the community "numb."

Fianna Fail councillor Pat Hayes said: "It's a tragedy for the family.

"Our thoughts, sympathies and prayers go out to them at this very difficult time.

"It has come as a real shock to the community. We're a very close knit community here and to be honest with you, every one is just numb."

Fine Gael councillor John Paul O'Shea said: "Everyone is deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy.

"My thoughts go out to the family and 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 in the coming days as they deal with this tragic loss."

Gardai indicated on Monday that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.