Mallow in shock

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man who shot himself in a doctor’s surgery in Mallow on Tuesday evening.

Shockwaves ripped through county Cork yesterday as reports emerged about the tragic incident. Local county councillor John Paul O’Shea (FG) extended his sympathies to the man’s relatives and to the staff at the surgery.

“This is an awful tragedy. My sympathies to the family of the deceased which I know is a very difficult time for them. My thoughts are also with the staff of the Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre at this very sad and challenging time,” said the councillor.

Gardaí in Mallow were alerted to a firearms incident that occurred at the Primary Healthcare Centre in Gouldshill at around 6.20pm on Tuesday evening where they found a man in his early 50s fatally injured.

The Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre houses a number of GP practices as well as the Mallow SouthDoc service.

The man’s body was removed to the mortuary in CUH for a post mortem to be conducted. Gardaí are treating the man’s death as a tragic incident.

Meanwhile, on the same night, gardaí in Listowel in North Kerry were called to an incident at a domestic residence where they found the body of a female (60s) and a male (20s) inside the dwelling.

The body of a male (60s) was discovered outside at the rear of the dwelling. All three bodies have gunshot wounds and a firearm has been recovered at the scene.

Gardaí confirmed they are not looking for any other person in relation to this incident at this time.

The incident in Mallow is the most recent in a series of tragic events to befall communities in the east and north Cork area in recent times.

On 25 February, Johnny Hennessy (59) is believed to have killed his brothers Willie (66) and Paddy (60) before taking his own life in Curraghgorm on the outskirts of Mitchelstown.

In October 2020, Mark O’Sullivan (26) was shot dead by his father Tadg (59) and his younger brother Diarmuid (23), who later took their own lives near Kanturk.

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