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Saturday 3 December 2016

Daughter's tribute to 'quiet and patriotic' Irishman killed in UK

Grandfather John Gogarty died from stab wounds in the UK
Grandfather John Gogarty died from stab wounds in the UK

The daughter of an Irish grandfather killed in the UK last month has paid tribute to her "quiet and patriotic father", who was always proud of his heritage despite living abroad for many years.

John Gogarty (65), originally from Laytown in Co Meath, was killed in Yorkshire in July.

His body was found at a house on Marsh Street, Wombwell, on 17 July. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from stab wounds.

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Two people, a 38-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man, have since been charged in relation to his death.

They are currently being held on remand and are expected to appear before a sitting of Sheffield Crown Court on October 17.

Mr Gogarty's daughter Nicola (36) last night described her father as "a quiet and private" man who "did not deserve to die like that".

"A lot of people called him 'Paddy', I would have known him as 'Paddy' as well, and he would have got that name from being an Irishman who was living in the UK," Nicola told the Herald.

"He was quiet, he kept to himself. He wouldn't have even opened his front door to anyone he didn't know.

"But he was well liked in Wombwell, he would have gone out of his way for people in the area, and helped them out with his property developments.

"He lived in England for many years, but he was always proud of his country. We placed a tricolour on his coffin for his funeral earlier this month," Nicola added.

Mr Gogarty was born in Laytown, Co Meath, later living in Skerries, north Dublin. He worked as a television engineer, before travelling to London with his young family.

He moved to the north of England in the early 1990s where he had property interests and briefly returned to Ireland to live in Arklow, Co Wicklow, for two years before moving back to Sheffield.

Nicola described how dozens of flowers were left at the gates outside the house in Wombwell where her father died, showing the impact Mr Gogarty had on the local community.

"He would have gone out of his way to help people in the area," she said.

"It wouldn't be a well-off place, but he would have always done his best for the locals. My father did not deserve to die like that, nobody does. He was a private and hard-working man," she added.

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"It was nice to see how many people cared about my dad where he lived, there were lots of flowers left outside the gates of the house."

His daughter also described how John's hobbies included watching Formula 1 and motorcycle racing, and explained that he would return to Dublin every year to attend the annual Skerries 100 race.

John Gogarty's funeral took place in the north Dublin village earlier this month, before he was buried at Piltown Cemetery in Meath.

He is survived by his three children, Nicola, John (22) and Phoebe (26), as well as grandchildren, siblings and extended family.

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