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‘Difficult scene’ as gardai investigate deaths of three brothers

PA Media logoPA Media 26/02/2021 By Cate McCurry, PA
a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: Ambulance crew at the scene near Kilacluig, close to Michelstown (Brendan Gleeson/PA) © Brendan Gleeson Ambulance crew at the scene near Kilacluig, close to Michelstown (Brendan Gleeson/PA)

Gardai have ruled out looking for anyone else in their investigation into the deaths of three brothers in north Cork.

It comes after the body of the third brother was found during a manhunt in Cork following the murder of his two siblings.

The bodies of the Paddy Hennessy, 60, and Willie Hennessy, 66, were found at a farm in a rural area outside Mitchelstown in the north of the county.

The discovery prompted a large scale garda operation in search for the third brother, 59-year-old Johnny Hennessy, on Friday.

a police car parked in a parking lot: Garda Forensics arriving at the scene (Brendan Gleeson/PA) © Provided by PA Media Garda Forensics arriving at the scene (Brendan Gleeson/PA)

More than 50 officers from various garda units were involved in the search.

At around midday, the garda air support unit spotted Johnny’s body in the River Funcheon.

Garda divers found his body in the river in a remote location close to where a red Toyota Corolla had been discovered.

Gardai found the vehicle parked at an unconnected farmhouse at Killacluig, close to Mitchelstown.

The car has been removed for forensic examination.

Emergency services were called to the isolated farm at Corroghorm, some 8km from Mitchelstown, at around midnight where the bodies of Paddy and Willie were found.

Gardai were at the scene, with armed support units, on Friday.

The body of Paddy was found in the farmyard, and during a follow-up search  the body of Willie was found in a shed on the farmyard.

a helicopter flying in the air: A Garda helicopter flies over the area near Kilacluig (Brendan Gleeson/PA) © Provided by PA Media A Garda helicopter flies over the area near Kilacluig (Brendan Gleeson/PA)

It is understood the family come from a farming background and are well known in the area.

Gardai have established up to six scenes around the farm property.

The area around the scenes have been sealed off.

Assistant State pathologist Dr Margot Bolster is attending the scene at the farmhouse.

Superintendent Liam Geraghty said gardai are not looking for anyone else in connection to the investigation.

Speaking to the media outside Mitchelstown Garda Station, he said that no firearms were involved in the incident, but would not confirm whether a weapon was recovered from the scene.

He said: “A number of scenes remain preserved and are undergoing examination by the technical bureau.

“The bodies of the two men remain at the scene.

“Those bodies will be removed at some stage today and taken to Cork University Hospital.

“The post mortems are expected to take place tomorrow.

“A family liaison officer has been appointed and An Garda Siochana appeals for privacy at this time.”

He appealed to anyone who may have information about the interaction of the people involved to contact gardai.

Mr Geraghty described it as a “difficult scene”, adding that counselling services have been provided for gardai who attended the area.

“We know the identity of all three bodies and are not looking for anyone else,” he added

Fianna Fail councillor Frank O’Flynn said people were shocked at the discovery of the bodies.

“I know the area very well.

“It’s very quiet and very rural,” he told the PA news agency.

“People are really shocked to wake up to this tragedy.

“The community is very sad for the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them today.”

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