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Thursday 16 August 2018

Tragic twins will be buried side by side

Family and friends accompany hearses with the remains of brothers Jonathan, Patrick and Thomas
Family and friends accompany hearses with the remains of brothers Jonathan, Patrick and Thomas

TWIN boys who died at the hands of their older brother began their final journey with him yesterday.

The bodies of nine-year-old Patrick and Thomas O'Driscoll were dressed in their Holy Communion outfits ahead of their burial today.

Parents Thomas and Helen O'Driscoll had to be physically supported by relatives as the coffins of their three sons were taken from O'Malley's funeral home to the Church of the Holy Cross in Charleville, Co Cork.

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More than 300 people gathered to watch the sombre cortege led by Fr Tom Naughton, who has prayed with the family every day since the triple tragedy occurred last Thursday.

Patrick and Thomas died from multiple stab wounds sustained in separate attacks in two different rooms at the family's home at Deerpark on the Cork-Limerick road.

The boys made their First Holy Communion a few months ago, and they will now be buried in the suits they were so proud of.

Their older brother, Jonathan (21), was found dead in woodland just outside Buttevant, 15km from Deerpark, less than an hour after the twins were discovered. He had taken his own life.

The three brothers yesterday lay in repose, side by side, at O'Malley's funeral home at the New Line, Charleville.

All three white coffins were open and the extended O'Driscoll family formed a semi-circle around them.

Hundreds queued throughout the day to pay their respects.

The coffins were then taken to the O'Driscoll family home accompanied by only immediate family.

They were then taken into the Church of the Holy Cross along with a pick-up truck full of wreaths and other floral tributes.

One wreath was a replica of a traditional caravan that Thomas and Helen had travelled to Waterford to buy on the day of the tragedy.

Another was in the shape of a red racing car with "No 9" and the twins' names.

Requiem Mass will take place at noon today.

The twins will be buried side by side in Charle- ville cemetery while Jonathan will be buried with his maternal grandparents in Kilmallock, Co Limerick.

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