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Thursday 27 October 2016

Father gunned down on his doorstep 'no saint, but a generous person'

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Thomas Farnan who was shot dead at his home
Thomas Farnan who was shot dead at his home
The coffin of Thomas Farnan is brought from St Aidan’s church in Tallaght after his funeral. Photo: Doug O’Connor

A minor Dublin criminal gunned down on his doorstep has been remembered at his funeral as a man who was "no saint" - but was caring and lived life to the full.

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Father-of-two Thomas Farnan (37) was targeted last Monday week at his home in Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, by a gunman who then fled on foot and on to the banks of the nearby Grand Canal to make his escape.

Farnan, who had a number of previous convictions for minor offences, was hit up to four times in the torso and died at the scene.

He was the 11th murder victim of the year, and although known to gardaí for burglary and theft offences, as well as small drug possessions and motoring offences, investigators say he was not a major criminal and would not have been on the garda radar as a potential murder target.

At St Aidan's Church in Brookfield in Tallaght yesterday, Fr James McPartland said everyone was stunned by the tragic death.

"The biggest difficulty now is we feel so powerless. Events that move so swiftly and in an unforeseen way beyond our control leave us left behind as feeble spectators," he said.

"Tom was no saint, but he was a generous and caring person. He loved life and did his best to live it to the full. He loved deeply his family."

At the end of the Mass a woman spoke on behalf of the Farnan family, reading a poem from his mother Idrona in which she spoke of her sorrow at his death.

Irish Independent

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