Mitchelstown: Everything we know so far about the family tragedy in Cork

Three brothers, known locally as 'The Saints' who were killed in a horrific suspected double murder-suicide were named locally as Willie, Pa and John Hennessy from just outside Mitchelstown.

Two brothers were located on the family farm in Corragorm, just outside the North Cork town.

Both were found with horrific head injuries - with some outlets reporting that both were bludgeoned to death with an axe.

A third brother was recovered dead from the River Funshion outside Mitchelstown - less than 1km from where his Toyota Corolla car was found parked near the church where the brothers usually worshipped following an hours-long Garda manhunt.

Investigations so far have proved inconclusive, but it is believed the tragic incident was sparked by a dispute between the trio - who locals said were incredibly close - about their farm and land.

Pa had only suffered a stroke before Christmas and was still recovering.

It was the third tragedy to hit the family with a fourth brother, Jer, having died in tragic circumstances in January 2014.

The bodies of Paddy 'Pa' and Willie Hennessy were discovered at their Corragorm farm when a concerned relative went to the property amid concern for their welfare shortly after 11pm on Thursday night and alerted Garda.

One brother was found with horrific head injuries lying in the farmyard.


A second brother was found with similarly injuries in a nearby shed.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third brother, John Hennessy, who lived at the property, was not present.

His red Corolla van was missing.

Garda at the scene between Mitchelstown and Kildorrery were supported by armed members of the Regional Support Unit (RSU).

Despite initial indications, Garda superintendent Liam Geraghty said that he is satisfied that no firearm was used in the tragedy.

A massive search of the local countryside some 10km outside Mitchelstown was commenced to locate John with the search being supported by uniformed Garda, Garda dog units and the Garda helicopter.

Around midday, a body was pulled from the river nearby, with Garda later confirming it was that of John Hennessy.

Investigations are ongoing.