Kerry murder-suicide: Mossie O’Sullivan told pal he would talk to him tomorrow before deaths

Murder-suicide dad Mossie O’Sullivan told close pal John Mahony: “I’ll talk to you tomorrow” – just hours before shooting son Jamie and wife Eileen.

s speculation intensified this week as to the motive behind the horror double- murder-suicide near Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, we can reveal:

  • Killer dad Mossie is expected to be laid to rest separately from victims Eileen and Jamie
  • Mossie was described as “completely himself” in his last known conversation with anyone outside the house prior to the murders,
  • Despite speculation of financial difficulties, the family’s house in Kilfeighney was mortgage-free and no financial judgements had been listed against Mossie or Eileen.
  • And finally, Mossie had replied to neighbour John Mahony, when asked about the results of a recent endoscopy days before the killings: “Thanks be to God, everything’s ok there!”

Separate funeral arrangements were yesterday being finalised for the trio.

The bodies of 56-year-old Eileen O’Sullivan and her 24-year-old son Jamie, who were found shot to death on their beds, were released to an undertaker in Ballyduff.


Eileen O’Sullivan was shot in her bed.

As family members of Eileen’s remain overseas, no funeral arrangements have yet been made.

The body of killer Mossie (63), which was located by gardaí at the boundary of the rear yard of their home, was released to a separate undertaker.

His funeral arrangements were described as ‘strictly private.’

The bodies of Eileen and Jamie were discovered by neighbour and close friend of Mossie, John Mahony, at 8.30pm on Tuesday evening.

Jamie was lying in his bed with a duvet covering him.

Eileen, who was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, was found uncovered by blankets on the bed in her room.

Gardai, alerted to the tragedy by Mr Mahony, discovered Mossie’s remains at the boundary at the rear of the property a short time later.


Gardaí outside the house near Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, where Mossie O’Sullivan killed himself and his family

He had sustained a single gun shot wound and the murder weapon, a legally held shotgun, was found by his feet.

Gardaí believe Jamie was shot dead first by his father and that Eileen was shot as she got out of bed to go to his aid.

Gardai initially suspected financial difficulties had caused Mossie, who worked as a mechanic and bus and truck driver in his younger years, to snap and kill his family.

Those suspicions arose, because last Sunday night, two days before the bodies of the family were discovered, Mossie had called neighbour John and asked if he would buy his sheep.

But gardaí learned Mossie would have sold sheep to John every September.

And although, this year, Mossie had also asked John to take his ewes, he had been indicating for the last three years that he was getting out of sheep farming as his own weight and age were making it difficult for him.

Separately, a trawl of financial and property records carried out by this newspaper has established Mossie and Eileen, who were not married but shared the same surname and a son, had no significant outstanding debts.


Jamie O’Sullivan was shot in his bed.

Land registry deeds show their bungalow home in Kilfeighney, which was built by Kerry County Council, to be in the ‘full ownership’ of Kerry County Council since August 18, 1967.

There are no mortgages or loans attached to the property.

Separately, a financial history check reveals neither Mossie, Eileen nor Jamie had any judgements registered against them over outstanding debts.

Rumours swept through north Kerry over the past 48 hours that Mossie had recently obtained bad news and a possible cancer diagnose following an endoscopy.

Neighbour John – who found the bodies – told us that he had questioned John over the results of endoscopy days prior to the killing and his friend had assured him everything was ok.

“I heard that (about the cancer diagnosis) as well,” a still shocked John told this newspaper.

“But I was up with him and Eileen last Thursday and he was in great form.

“They were always sparring with one another and there was nothing different that evening.

“Mossie had told me he’d had a colonoscopy. And I asked him then, and that’s 10 days before this happened, how it had gone.

“He said: ‘Thanks be to God, everything’s ok there.”

“He’d hardly have said that if the news had been bad, would he?

“So, unless he had some scope since that I didn’t know about, it wasn’t that.

“But people are coming up with all kinds of ideas when something like this happens.

“All I can say is from the way Mossie and Eileen were acting on Thursday of last week, everything was bang on!”

Speaking of his final phone call with Mossie on Sunday night, John again said his neighbour and friend had sounded “completely himself.”

“The last thing he ever said to me?

“It was: ‘I’ll talk to you again tomorrow. I’m sure that’s what he said.

“Whatever happened with Mossie, I think it was a very quick decision.

“At least that’s the way it looked to me.”

In a statement released on Friday evening, gardaí said: “An Garda Síochána is keeping an open mind on all the events leading to the tragic deaths of the O’Sullivan family.

“It remains the cases that at this time An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other person in relation to this investigation.

“No motive has yet been established in this case.

“We are again appealing to any person who may have any information leading up to the tragic events in Kilfeighney, Lixnaw to contact investigating gardaí at Listowel Garda Station 068 50820, the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

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Kerry murder-suicide: Mossie O’Sullivan told pal he would talk to him tomorrow before deaths

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