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Son (55) accused of Achill native’s murder in Wales


THE son of an Achill native appeared in court in Wales last week charged with the murder of his father, who was described as the ‘beat of a big-hearted family’.
Thomas Gallagher (76), a native of Achill resident in Cwmbran in south Wales, was found dead at a property in the town on Tuesday, September 10. His son Stephen was arrested at the scene and later charged with his murder.
In a statement issued through the Gwent Police, Thomas Gallagher’s family expressed their devastation at his death.
“Thomas was the beat of a big-hearted family. An incredibly hard-working, talented, positive selfless, creative, fit and fun man whose kindness was endless. A thoughtful and considerate man, he got great pleasure in helping people and making them happy – he always saw the good in everyone.
“His youthfulness belied his 76 years. He was absolutely adored – a loving and a much-loved father, grandfather, partner, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin, ex-husband and friend and so much more.
“He loved us, and we were mad about him. He was the glue, the carer, the problem solver. To know Thomas was around, was to know everything was going to be okay. We were blessed to have him, and we are devastated at his death and the manner in which he left us.
“We ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
The 55-year-old defendant appeared in Cardiff Crown Court on Friday and has been remanded in custody, to appear in court in February 2020.