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Cold Case

The unsolved murder of Michael Gallagher, stabbed to death in his kitchen, is a decade old

Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information.

TEN YEARS AGO today, Michael Gallagher was murdered in his own home on front of his partner. Nobody has ever been charged over the murder.

Gardaí are today issuing a fresh appeal in the hope that a renewed focus on the case will bring his killers to justice.

The 60-year-old was at home with his partner at 49 Tymonville Road in Tallaght, south Dublin on the night he was killed by two men.


At about 10.06 pm there was a knock on the door and his partner answered. Two men burst into the house and went to the kitchen where they launched a vicious unprovoked assault on the victim.

Gallagher was stabbed numerous times during the attack and died from a fatal stab wound. His partner suffered minor injuries in the assault.

The brutal murder has been left unsolved and there has been speculation that Gallagher was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

Gardaí feel that in the decade that has passed since, more people may feel freer to come forward with information.

“We are issuing an appeal to those people who, in the passage of time, may not have come forward at the time of the murder but may now feel comfortable to do so,” said Detective Inspector John Walsh.

Gardaí say that they have conducted an extensive investigation into the murder and have continued to liaise with the Gallagher family.

Detectives are seeking any witnesses or information on the murder and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw two men on the roadway near the house on Tymonville Road.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

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