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Family Of Galway Man Stabbed At His Home Make Statement

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

5:07 PM - 11 Nov 2019



The family of a well-known Galway athlete says it will haunt them forever to know that someone they’ve known since they were children killed him.

68-year-old Noel Lenihan stabbed Christopher McGrath to death at his home on Cardinal Cushing Road in Mervue, Galway city.

Noel Lenihan claimed he was acting in self-defense when he stabbed 38-year-old Christy McGrath in the early hours of March 12th 2016.

He told Gardaí he armed himself with a steak knife during a struggle, during which he claimed Christy was on his back choking him.

A post-mortem revealed he was stabbed five times. A blood drop found on his shoe suggested he was facing him when it fell from a height.

The court heard Lenihan was a friend of the family and had known Christy since he was a boy.

He told Gardaí they kissed when Christy was 14 or 15 and they entered a sexual relationship when he became an adult.

Christy was in and out of homelessness and used to stay with Lenihan from time to time.

His sister Jessica placed a framed photo of him in the witness box facing the dock as she read out her victim impact statement.

She described him as a “loving, kind and inspirational” person who protected her and their brother, as well as his half siblings during a difficult upbringing.

Lenihan will be sentenced for manslaughter in two weeks time.

Reporting by Frank Greaney



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