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Saturday 22 July 2017

'Hold on ma, there's someone at the door' - Mum listened on phone as son was fatally shot at his home

Tom Farnan. Picture courtesy of family
Tom Farnan. Picture courtesy of family
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The sister of a man gunned down on his doorstep said that one year on, their family is still living in a nightmare.

"Gentle Giant" Tom Farnan (37) was fatally shot after he answered his front door on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin in West Dublin in April 2016.

Younger sister Jenny Farnan told Independent.ie that their family are living in constant pain not knowing who killed Mr Farnan.

"Our family have been left devastated for the past year. Nothing has changed. We're still living the nightmare as badly as the day it happened."

Earlier this week, gardai renewed their appeal asking anyone with any information about the shooting to come forward.

The dad-of-one had a number of convictions for minor offences but his heartbroken family have insisted he was not involved in organised crime or gangland feuding.

"I don't know why anyone would do this to Tom. He had turned his life around and was trying to build a relationship with his son."

Ms Farnan said that her mum is living in fear not knowing who did this.

"My mum can't go to the shop because she's afraid the person who did this to her will be standing next to her.

"She hasn't slept properly one night since. Her health is deteriorating every day."

She added that her brother was on the phone to their mother when he was gunned down.

"He was talking to her on the phone and he said 'hold on ma, there's someone at the door' and that was the last thing she heard from him. She could hear him being shot on the other side of the phone."

As the first anniversary of Mr Farnan's death passes, the family are calling for justice.

"We want justice for Tom. We want someone brought to justice for this senseless murder.

"Tom wasn't an angel, but he was turning his life around. He didn't deserve this."

She said that Mr Farnan's 17-year-old son isn't coping very well.

"The whole year has gone by and nothing has changed. None of us are coping. Tom is never coming back."

The bereaved sister described Mr Farnan as happy and said he was always smiling.

"Tom always looked out for me. He always had a smile for everyone and would do anything for anyone.

"I appeal to anyone who has information to please come forward.

"We feel like Tom can't rest peacefully and we can't move on until justice is served."

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