Saturday 1 October 2016

'Tom was no saint, but he was a generous and caring person' - Criminal gunned down on doorstep remembered as man who 'lived life to the full'

Published 05/05/2016 | 12:48

The funeral of Thomas Farnan at St. Aidan's Church Brookfield.
The funeral of Thomas Farnan at St. Aidan's Church Brookfield.
The funeral of Thomas Farnan at St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield.
The funeral of funeral of Thomas Farnan at St. Aidan's Church, Brookfield.
The funeral of Thomas Farnan at St. Aidan's Church Brookfield.

A minor criminal gunned down on his doorstep has been remembered as a man who was no saint but was a caring man who 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 by a gunman who then fled on foot and on to the banks of the nearby Grand Canal to make his escape.

Farnan, who has 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 gardai 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 today Fr James McPartland said everyone was stunned by the tragic death of Tom.

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

“Tom’s death is like a blackout. One moment the sun is shining, next minute it’s dark night without the slightest warning, or the slightest chance to prepare. We are plunged into impenetrable darkness.”

“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,” he added.

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.

She also told a story that made the mourners smile with a story one of Tom’s brother’s remembered from when they were younger and took a short-cut through some gardens to get to a local garage.

When confronted by a dog in one garden Tom had held his brother in front of him for protection before backing them into a corner and jumping onto the wall before pulling his brother up from the garden

Gifts brought to the altar included a dog lead and a lottery ticket.

Gardai are still investigating what motivated the killer to shoot Farnan. One line of investigation is that a row over a motorcycle could have been at the root of a recent dispute.

CCTV camera footage recorded at the house and along the canal could prove vital in the investigation into who the killer is and where the killer fled after the attack.

After funeral mass Farnan’s remains were brought by horse-drawn hearse to Bohernabreena cemetery for burial.

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