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Murder of Paul Gallagher, Ballymacan, Co.Meath on the 28/7/14

Gardaí at Navan Garda Station are investigating the Murder of twenty six year old Paul Gallagher who was shot and fatally wounded in a field at Ballymacan, Slane, Co.Meath on Monday the 28th July 2014.

Paul and his friend travelled towards Dundalk on the M1 motorway earlier in the day, sometime after 4pm. Paul’s friend was driving his red Volkswagen golf car. They travelled through the M1 Toll Bridge at Drogheda and may have exited the motorway at junction 14. Paul met someone at the hard shoulder and they spoke for a short time. He got back into the car and they got back onto the M1 Southbound motorway. They were seen at the Applegreen services at Castlebellingham. They had no change for the toll bridge so they exited the M1 at Drogheda. Paul directed his friend down a number of country roads. They travelled under the bridge at Oldbridge, towards Slane. They came to a farmhouse at Ballymacan. Paul got out and seemed slightly apprehensive. He got back into the car and directed his friend to return home. They stopped at the Brink Service Station in Slane and travelled on a number of country roads back to Dublin. Paul returned home.

At around 10.30pm, Paul contacted his friend again and asked him to drive him back to Drogheda. They returned to the farm at Ballymacan. Two men may have joined them here. Paul and his friend became separated. Moments later shots were heard. Paul’s body was discovered in a field two days later.


• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who saw Paul and his friend earlier in the day on Monday the 28th July at Junction 14 and/or in the general area.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Tullyallen area of Drogheda and may have seen any suspicious activity.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Ballymacan area on this night who may have seen suspicious activity to come forward.

• Gardaí are appealing to the driver of a Subaru car that was in the area on the Monday night to come forward.

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the murder of Paul Gallagher to come forward.

Telephone Navan Garda Station on 046 907 9930