Marie McNally says she could never get over the loss of her two boys as she attended an inquest into the death of her younger son, Alan McNally, 36.
“My life is over,” she said.
Mr McNally, from Cappagh Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11, died from gunshot wounds on February 2, 2012. The father of three sons, the youngest of whom was six when his father was killed, spent the hours before his death drinking in a Finglas pub. He had previously told a friend, Laura Pennick, that his “head was wrecked” due to an ongoing threat to his life. Mr McNally went to the Cappagh House pub in Finglas at about 12pm on February 1, 2012.
Ms Pennick said she made numerous attempts to persuade him to leave during the day. She spoke to himat around 1.10am on February 2 and he said he was leaving. Moments later, gardaí directed all free units to the scene of a reported shooting at the bar.
Mr McNally had been badly beaten following a row with “some gang from Ballymun”, according to Ms Pennick. “He said they were not people you would want to start something with. He was on edge about it, he was worried,” she said.
Gary Thompson said he was drinking at the bar all day on February 1 with Mr McNally.
“We were fairly drunk and out of our heads,” Mr Thompson said in his statement. “I was talking to Alan and next thing I heard a loud bang. I saw a fella’s arm, a black gun. I jumped off the stool and ran out to the lounge into the storeroom and shut the door behind me. I thought it was me they were after.”
Mr McNally was rushed to Connolly Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy carried out by deputy state pathologist Michael Curtis.
Detective Inspector Des McTiernan said gardaí followed 450 lines of inquiry and took 250 witness statements as part of a murder investigation but ultimately no charges were brought.
“All avenues were pursued to their finality but the case remains open,” said Det Insp McTiernan.
Mr McNally’s brother Graham was murdered in Finglas in 2008 aged 34.
The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. Coroner Myra Cullinane extended her sympathies to Mrs McNally. “This is a very tragic case. I’m aware you been bereaved previously in a similar fashion, this must be an unbearable burden.”