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Saturday 19 January 2019

Older brother said to have been 'very fond' of stabbed nine-year-old twins

THE shock over the deaths of the O'Driscoll twins in an apparent murder-suicide has been deepened by how fond their older brother was of them.

Jonathan O'Driscoll (21), who took his own life on Thursday evening after the death of his little brothers in a stabbing attack, was always looking out for Patrick and Thomas.

Both were described by their school friends as "adorable little rogues".

While there was a 12-year-age gap to their older brother, the three always got along very well. They also had two younger siblings aged five and three.

So fond was Jonathan of his siblings that when his parents, Thomas and Helen, travelled to Waterford to organise a surprise present for the youngsters, he was entrusted to look after them on their return from Banogue National School.

Minutes before the twins died, they had been taken to Doneraile Park by Jonathan to enjoy the balmy autumn evening.

errands

Jonathan was described by neighbours as a quiet young man who was seemingly very involved in his family's day-to-day life.

He drove his own car and was regularly seen running errands around Charleville for his family.

He was also a keen sports fan, though he was not actively involved in any of Charleville's many sports clubs.

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