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Cars set on fire in housing estate on day of well-known criminal's funeral

Published 14/10/2016 | 15:30

O'Malley Park in Southill, Limerick
O'Malley Park in Southill, Limerick

A number of cars were burned out in a Limerick estate on the day of Christoper ‘Guna’ Curtin’s funeral.

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Gardaí said a large number of people gathered in O’Malley Park in Limerick on October 6, the day the 22-year-old was buried.

Videos of cars doing ‘doughnuts’ around the estate on the day of the removal were also posted on social media over the past week.

In one video, crowds can be seen gathered around a blue car as the driver performs a number of doughnuts.

“R.I.P Guna, you got a lovely send-off,” the caption of the video read.

Emergency services and a fire brigade were called to the scene.

R.I.P Guna you got A lovely send off 😇󾬎

Posted by Jeffrey Crawford on Thursday, October 6, 2016

There were no arrests or injuries reported, but gardaí are currently following up the incidents.

Curtin received fatal injuries when the car he was travelling in as a passenger struck a ditch on the Fedamore to Limerick road on October 4.

The driver of the car, a woman in her early 20's, received minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital Limerick where she was released a short time later.

Curtin, of Salvia Court, Southill, was well-known to gardaí.

He had 40 previous convictions.

In February 2012, while he was the subject of a garda manhunt, Curtin walked into Limerick circuit courtroom wearing shades to attend his sentencing hearing for burglary at the home of a prominent solicitor.

He had escaped from custody two days previously as he was brought to prison on remand.

Curtin was subsequently jailed for three years, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to burglary at the home of solicitor Turlough Herbert, a former Limerick hurler.

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