Cork farmer drowns daughter and commits suicide over marriage break down with American wife
Rural community in shock as Dad drowns his three-year-old in shallow waters, then himself
“He never stopped working and would have been up and down the country.” He was also heavily involved in the local Fine Gael party and had canvassed for politicians in General Elections and local County Council elections.
Shortly before Christmas McCarthy suffered heart problems and was hospitalized.
Friends say that his mood had deteriorated since then and that he had been prescribed heavy medication.
One local woman, Catherine Norman, spoke of her shock at the horrific events.
“No can say what happened – no one can judge.”
“They were a lovely family and he was a hard working farmer and father,” she said
Another local said: “He was a hard working, industrious man who loved his family. No one in the community saw this coming. We are all shocked.”
Former West Cork TD Paddy Sheehan, who was a personal friend of the farmer, told the Sun Newspaper the two had met when Rebecca had come on a work experience course to his farm.
“Martin turned around and saw her in the door of the parlour and it was love at first sight. He told me all that.” However, another of Martin’s close friends told the paper: “I saw him last Monday and he definitely was not himself. He was out of sorts and appeared to be a bit jittery and excited. I really don’t think it was his health he was worried about.
“He told me he was having some marriage difficulties but never went into the details.
“He was married about five years and met Rebecca when she came over from the States. There was a considerable age gap, but they fell deeply in love and got married.
“Martin said having little Clarissa was the best thing that happened to him. He was a confirmed bachelor farmer and he never expected to have a child.
“He was a great father. He adored that little girl, she was the apple of his eye. They were inseparable.
“You would see the two of them driving through the town and in the countryside. She was a beautiful little blonde, full of chat and life. I never would have thought something like this would happen because Martin was such a gentle person.”
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