Monday 19 March 2018

Galway man jailed for life for killing his grandfather reporters

A 24-year-old Galway man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his grandfather in 2009.

Gearóid Fahy of Carrownamana, Ardrahan appeared at the Central Criminal Court in Galway this morning and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 78-year-old Finbar Fahy in November 2009.

The court heard how Gearóid Fahy hit his grandfather over the head eight times with a nail bar at Ballinduff, Ardrahan on 10 November 2009.

Retired farmer Fionnbarr Fahy's body was discovered in November 2009 on the floor of the living room of his farmhouse home at Ballinduff.

Local parish priest Fr Richie Higgins at the time described the events as traumatic for the local community, and particularly for Fionnbarr Fahy's family. The death of such a noble gentleman had shocked the community, while their thoughts were also with Gearoid Fahy, he said at the time.

He told the congregation of a letter he had received from a man living in Limerick who did not know Fionnbarr, but who recognised the house from television footage.

The Fahy home was recognisable to thousands of commuters on the main Galway-Limerick road, as there was always a lit statue of the Blessed Virgin over the front door. The letter-writer recalled that Fionnbarr had come to his rescue 15 years previously when his car had run out of petrol. He had helped him out of his difficulty without any fuss.

"And that was the sort of generous man that Fionnbarr was and who we will miss," said Fr Higgins.

The offertory gifts taken to the altar were holy water, which Fionnbarr sprinkled on everyone who came through his door, and a book on birdlife.

Mr Fahy wasburied alongside his wife, Ciss, who died 14 years ago. The couple had three sons.

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