Investigations are continuing to try to establish the sequence of events in an apparent murder-suicide on a farm in Co Cork in which a father and his two sons died.

The bodies of Tadg O'Sullivan, 59, and his two sons, Mark, 26, and 23-year-old Diarmuid, were found with gunshot wounds on the family farm near Kanturk yesterday.

One line of inquiry being followed by investigators is that the shooting may have arisen from a dispute over the inheritance of land.

The bodies of the three men were removed to CUH yesterday evening.

In a statement today, gardaí said that the post-mortem examinations on two of the deceased men have been completed. The third post-mortem is scheduled to take place tomorrow. 

Gardaí said that "contrary to some reports in the media, there had been no garda interaction with the deceased men, or their family, prior to the tragic events of October 26".

Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit found Mark's body with gunshot wounds in a bedroom of the farmhouse at Assolas near Kanturk yesterday afternoon.

A short time later, the bodies of his brother Diarmuid, and their father Tadg, were found nearly 500 metres away in a field.

Two rifles and a shotgun were seized by gardaí and they are being examined by ballistics experts.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau resumed their forensic examination at the scenes.

Roads around the farm, which were cordoned off yesterday, have reopened, but the entrance to the farm remains sealed off.

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Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses who may have seen or heard anything in the area beforehand to contact them.

At mass in nearby Kanturk, prayers were said this morning for the family and for its only surviving member, Ann O'Sullivan.

She is believed to be staying with neighbours and the family has asked for privacy as they try to come to terms with the events of yesterday.