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Tributes near the scene in Brownsbarn Wood where tragic father Garreth Kelly was stabbed to death

Tributes near the scene in Brownsbarn Wood where tragic father Garreth Kelly was stabbed to death

Garreth Kelly

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Tributes near the scene in Brownsbarn Wood where tragic father Garreth Kelly was stabbed to death

Heartbroken friends, neighbours and family laid floral tributes to tragic father-of-seven Garreth Kelly, who was stabbed to death outside his partner's home in Clondalkin.

The Tallaght native (39) had been visiting his partner at the Brownsbarn Wood housing estate in Kingswood and was on his way to work early on Tuesday morning when his car would not start.

Mr Kelly was attempting to jump-start the vehicle when he was stabbed.

Mother-of-three Christina Anderson (38), from Brownsbarn Wood, was charged with Mr Kelly's murder on Wednesday.

She has been remanded in custody and was ordered by Judge Colin Daly to be examined by a psychiatrist pending her court appearance next Wednesday.

Shocked friends and family have left bouquets of flowers, cards and lanterns at the scene of Mr Kelly's death. Among the heartbreaking mementoes was a photo of Mr Kelly with three smiling little girls, believed to be his daughters, lovingly embracing him as they appear to celebrate a birthday of one of the girls.

Pancakes

Mr Kelly was also due to celebrate his son's first birthday next week followed by a daughter's confirmation, according to a post on Facebook by a family member.

"He is a father- of-seven who would do anything and fight to the end of the Earth for his children," she wrote.

"He worked two jobs to support his family and has always put his children above all else. They won't ever see their dad again."

She said his final words to his partner were that he loved her and was looking forward to pancakes for lunch.

The family has organised a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for his funeral.


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