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Gardaí appeal for witnesses to row in days before Clondalkin man's murder

Thomas Farnan was shot dead at his home in Clondalkin in Dublin last year.

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Updated 11am

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE murder of Thomas Farnan on 25 April last year believe the killing may be connected to a row he had in the days leading up to his death.

The 37-year-old was shot when he answered his front door to a lone caller at his home at 11 Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin, Dublin, at 11.40pm that night. A number of shots were fired and the man suffered fatal injuries.

The offender fled the scene on foot through Kilcronan estate, towards the Grand Canal and into the Bawnogue estate.

Inspector Colm O’Malley told TheJournal.ie that the main focus of this renewed appeal is the gunman.

“We are asking any persons who know the gunman or who spoke to him prior to or subsequent to the incident who may have relevant information to contact An Garda Síochána, either through Crimestoppers or here at Clondalkin garda station.”

The gunman was in his early 20s, of slim build, between 5’10″ and 6’2″. He wore dark clothing – a zip-up hoody, tracksuit bottoms and runners.

Though O’Malley said the thinking around a motive “remains open”, one strong line of inquiry relates to what he described as “a verbal altercation between the deceased and the person I believe shot him dead”.

This altercation happened in the days leading up to the 37-year-old man’s murder.

“Witnesses to that might not have realised what they were seeing at the time,” O’Malley said, adding that it may not have seemed like a heated interaction.

Four people have been arrested as part of this investigation and more than 500 statements have been taken.

Farnan’s wife Elaine was in the house when he was gunned down at their front door and the inspector said it was “a very traumatic ordeal for her”. The man’s family is urging anyone with information to help gardaí bring his murderer to justice.

In their appeal this morning, gardaí said the smallest piece of information – even if it may seem insignificant – might help with the investigation.

Anybody with information is urged to contact Clondalkin Garda Station 0n 01 666 7600 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

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