Brendan O’Donnell was a troubled and clingy child. After the death of his mother, he displayed violent tendencies. Rather than making his way into the mental health services and getting treatment, he found himself in detention centres for delinquent children. He spiralled out of control and eventually rampaged across the peaceful countryside near Lough Derg, killing three people and holding another two at gun point.
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Tony and JJ Muggiven, A Tragedy Waiting to Happen: The Chaotic Life of Brendan O’Donnell (Dublin: Gill Books, 2004)