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Thursday 16 August 2018

Demolish stab twins' home, says tragic mum

Thomas and Patrick O'Driscoll. Photo: UTV/PA Wire
Thomas and Patrick O'Driscoll. Photo: UTV/PA Wire

A FAMILY who lost three sons in a horrific murder-suicide has pleaded with a council for help in demolishing their home so a new structure can be built.

Thomas and Helen O'Driscoll have been living in a caravan and motorhome parked behind their cottage at Deerpark, Charleville, Co Cork since the bodies of their twins, Patrick and Thomas O'Driscoll (9), were discovered in separate bedrooms at the property on September 4.

The boys died from multiple stab injuries inflicted just over an hour after they had been brought home from Banogue National School by their older brother, Jonathan (21).

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Jonathan, who had a history of mental health problems, was later discovered dead in woodland outside Buttevant, some 15km away, having taken his own life.

Now the boys' heartbroken parents have revealed they want to demolish the property and build a replacement home on the site.

The cottage, just off the main Cork-Limerick road, is owned by Cork County Council.

"We don't want to live in there - not after what happened," said Mr O'Driscoll.

The couple insist on remaining at the site, given all the happy memories of the children they raised there.

"That yard is our children's playground. It's our boys' playground and we will never, ever leave it," said Mrs O'Driscoll.

But they are pleading for a new house with no reminders of the tragedy.

"The memories are just too painful. We don't want to be reminded of what happened in there," said Mrs O'Driscoll.

She and her husband have created a special shrine to their sons in the back garden.

Both pray for all three boys every day.

Jonathan who was adopted as a baby, had over recent years battled mental health problems which were exacerbated by frustrations he encountered from state agencies in tracing his birth family.

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