Life support

A man (73) on life support after an aggravated burglary in Co Sligo

A 73-year-old man is on life support following an aggravated burglary at his Co Sligo home in January.

The burglary happened around 7pm on January 18 when three masked men forced their way into Thomas Niland’s house.

Mr. Niland, the sole occupant of the house, was at home watching television at the time.

After responding to a knock on her door, she was violently attacked, according to Gardaí. The masked men stole a small amount of cash and left Mr. Niland seriously injured in the head and upper body.

Gardaí were alerted by neighbors after Mr Niland managed to crawl out of his home to ask passing motorists for help.

He was later transferred to Sligo University Hospital. Mr. Niland’s condition deteriorated rapidly and he is now on life support.

A Garda Family Liaison Officer was appointed to Mr Niland’s family immediately after the incident.


A large-scale criminal investigation has been opened since the aggravated burglary of Mr. Niland’s home.

An incident room has been set up at Sligo Garda Station with a lead investigator appointed to the investigation, along with a team of experienced detectives and Gardaí.

Investigators believe the attackers arrived in a car, which backed into the driveway of Mr. Niland’s home.

In addition, it is not known at this time if anyone remained in the car during the attack.

Gardaí is appealing to anyone who has noticed any activity of people or vehicles that has come to their attention in the wider N59 Skreen locality to contact Gardaí with this information, whether they believe it is related to this investigation or not.

Superintendent Mandy Gaynor, of Sligo Garda Station, appealed to the public: “There are people who know who was involved in this aggravated burglary and serious assault on an elderly man in his home.

“Thomas Niland and his family deserve to have those criminals who committed this heartless act brought to justice.

“If you have any information about this callous and cowardly crime, please contact Sligo Garda Station on 071 915 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

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