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Murder of Thomas Joyce


The Gardaí at Coolock are investigating the murder of Thomas Joyce who was shot dead at Grove Lane / the Malahide Road on Wednesday the 17th June last.


The deceased was sitting at the entrance to Grove Lane when a blue Ford Focus estate bearing false registration plates 03 MN 616, pulled up. The car stopped opposite Grove lane facing northbound in the direction of Malahide. One male occupant then exited the vehicle and discharged a number of shots at the deceased.


It is not known how many other suspects accompanied the gunman. The gunman then ran back to the awaiting Ford Focus, where he fired one last shot across several lanes of traffic. The Ford Focus and its occupant’s then drove away along the Malahide road in the direction of the N32.


The car was later found burnt out at Balgriffin Cottages opposite Fingal Cemetery. Tommy Joyce was removed from the scene where he was pronounced dead at 8.45pm.


The investigation team’s appeal is centred on anyone who may have travelled in either direction along the Malahide Road at or around the time of the murder (7.42 pm), and who may have seen or heard anything to come forward.


Secondly, anyone who may have seen the Ford Focus, being abandoned at Balgriffin Cottages. Investigators believe this car was abandoned within a few minutes of the murder.


Thirdly, anyone with information with regard to the making of the false plates (03 MN 616)


Gardaí at Coolock Investigating                                                              Telephone 01 666 4200