Three members of the same family have died in a shooting in a remote part of Kanturk in North Cork.
The deceased are two sons and their father, named locally as Mark and Diarmuid O’Sullivan and their dad, Tadgh.
They were 59 years old, 25 years old and 23.
The body of one of the sons was found in a bedroom of the house after the alarm was raised early this morning. His brother and father were later found dead in a field nearby. Gardaí say all suffered gunshot wounds.
The incident is being treated by Gardaí as a murder-suicide.
Local councillor Bernard Moynihan said there was a sense of shock right across the area.
“They are a lovely family and everybody is deeply shocked and saddened by what has happened," he said.
A local resident, who did not want to be named, added: “We are all very shocked by this and don’t know what to make of it."
Shortly after 6.30am, the wife and mother of the deceased men, a woman in her 60s, alerted neighbours that firearms had been discharged at her home and the alarm was raised.
Three men were in the house, Diarmuid, Mark and Tadgh O'Sullivan — one of the sons had suffered gunshot wounds.
"Gardaí from Kanturk responded to the scene arriving shortly afterwards and were informed that further gunshots had been heard locally," a statement from Gardaí said.
"Immediately An Garda Siochana initiated its critical firearms incident response. The scene of the incident, a family home, was contained by local uniform and plainclothes Gardaí supported by Armed Support Unit."
A garda operational commander took control of the incident supported by the Emergency Response Unit, Armed Support Unit, National Negotiator Unit, Technical Support Unit, Southern Region Dog Unit and Air Support Unit.
Additional support was provided by the HSE National Ambulance Service.
Garda negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone who was still inside the property.
Shortly after 1pm, members of the Emergency Response Unit approached the house and the body of a man in his 20s, with a gunshot wound, was discovered in a bedroom of the house.
Nobody else was present in the house.
The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter started an aerial search of the adjoining lands.
A garda statement added: "At approximately 1.40pm, two further bodies, a male in his late 50s and a male in his 20s were discovered in adjoining lands. Preliminary indications indicate both bodies have gunshot wounds."
Both locations have been declared as crime scenes and An Garda Síochána has commenced a full investigation into all the circumstances of the incident.
The State pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been contacted.
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.