Double killer Mossie O’Sullivan will have the loneliest of final farewells when he is buried tomorrow.
After committing the most heinous of deeds during his final hours, shooting dead partner Eileen and son Jamie before turning the gun on himself, O’Sullivan will be buried in private without even a death notice.
The Irish Mail on Sunday reports that the two devastated families at the centre of the latest murder-suicide tragedy to shock the country have decided O’Sullivan will be buried apart from Eileen and Jamie, the couple’s only child.
The 63-year-old beekeeper and former bus driver will be buried after a private funeral tomorrow morning. It is expected that hours later his longterm partner Eileen will be buried in a different graveyard alongside her 24-year-old son.
A family friend told the MoS: ‘There is no animosity between the families. They are quiet and peaceful people, and they have decided to have separate funerals. This decision was mutually agreed. Although there will be separate funerals, there will be prayers said at both funerals for the others.’
‘Mossie’s family have made it clear they really want a private funeral so there will not be any death notice posted on Rip.ie, and you can only go to the funeral if you have been invited. They are as mystified and baffled by what has happened as everyone else.’
‘Eileen’s nearest live in England and as far as I know they will be travelling over. Their funeral will be held on Monday evening after Mossie’s funeral. Our whole world has fallen apart.’
The historic cemetery at Kiltomey where Mossie O’Sullivan will be buried is located on the outskirts of the north Kerry village of Lixnaw. It is almost equidistant as the crow flies between his two worlds – the nearby townland of Ballinclogher where he grew up and the humble council cottage where he and Eileen reared their child.
Meanwhile, mother and son Eileen and Jamie will be buried almost eight kilometres away in Kilfeighney graveyard which is the closet cemetery to the only home the pair ever knew.
Eileen lived her entire life in the cottage which has become a gruesome murder scene. It’s where she grew up and chose to remain as a young girl after her mother died so she could look after her father and siblings.
A friend told the MoS: ‘Eileen was a very gentle person and she lived in the area her whole life. She was a nice woman and very quiet.’
Another family friend said they remain mystified about the motive for the double murder-suicide.
‘I just can’t believe this has happened,’ the friend said. ‘There was no land. Mossie didn’t drink or gamble. He was complaining about his stomach and had a colonoscopy. He got the results 10 days before he killed himself, Eileen and Jamie.’
‘Mossie and his family would have been members of the gun club and they would have been big into coursing as well. When Mossie was young he was a talented hurler. All I can say is they would be all nice people. I just can’t get my head around this at all. It’s a f***** disaster.’
The friend continued: ‘Jamie was really well liked. People say these things when people die but he was, and he didn’t have any enemies.’
‘He was gifted with machinery and he could turn his hand to anything. He was as cool as a breeze and nothing would faze him. Things could be falling down around him going wrong but he would just plough through and wouldn’t let anything get the better of him.
‘I might be annoyed with the amount of work I’d have to do, but Jamie would just say “I’ve a bit done and have more to do.” He was very obliging. He helped all their neighbours.
‘Other young lads would be on their phones when they’d be working machinery. That wasn’t Jamie. He was solid and he really did have his whole life ahead of him.’
‘This place is never going to be the same again and this is always going to be with us. It just brings a tear to my eye. We are in awe as to why this happened. No one knows why.’
‘Sometimes there are no answers and when there aren’t any answers that can split families too.’
Gardaí are still investigating the tragic events that unfolded late Monday, early Tuesday, at the cream and terracotta-coloured bungalow set in from a winding country road in north Kerry.
Over the weekend they issued another public appeal for anyone with any information to come forward so detectives may be able to provide answers to the two heartbroken families at the centre of the tragedy.
Gardaí have yet to establish a motive for the horrific double murder-suicide.
A suicide note has not yet been found and as a result of their initial enquiries gardaí have so far ruled out the possibility that financial or health problems may have prompted Mossie O’Sullivan to kill his entire family and himself.
Separate funerals will take place for tragic Kerry murder-suicide victims