Tuesday 22 January 2019

Funeral to be held for man shot in head at his home

Gary O'Brien
Gary O'Brien

A man who was found at his flat in North Circular Road with a single gunshot wound to his head will be laid to rest next week.

Gardai were originally led to believe that father-of-one Gary 'Pablo' O'Brien (51) had taken his own life.

However, they soon regarded his death as suspicious when no gun could be found.

Investigators are exploring every possibility and have not ruled out the accidental discharge of a weapon.


A death notice was published yesterday afternoon, saying that Mr O'Brien's funeral would take place at the Church of the Annunciation, Finglas West, at 10am on Tuesday.

He is survived by his son, his father Noel and his 11 siblings.

The building where Mr O'Brien was living is split into flats. Residents reported hearing raised voices at the time of the shooting on February 19.

Two people, a man and a woman, both in their 40s, were arrested and questioned by gardai in the days after Mr O'Brien's death. Both have since been released without charge.

Mr O'Brien's body has yet to be released to his family, who are planning his funeral.

Mr O'Brien, who was originally from Finglas, had lived in his North Circular Road flat for more than seven years.

He had limited mobility and sometimes used a wheelchair.

Superintendent Ann Markey, of Bridewell Garda Station, has appealed to the public for help.

"If anyone saw something we'd ask them to report to our incident room we have set up specifically for this investigation on 01 666 8200 or any garda station," she said.

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