Wednesday 26 April 2017

Mourners pray for end to gang feud

Security was tight as mourners attended the funeral of shooting victim Noel Kirwan in Dublin.
Security was tight as mourners attended the funeral of shooting victim Noel Kirwan in Dublin.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A mourner at the funeral of the latest victim of the bloody Kinahan-Hutch feud has prayed his death would mark an end to the spiral of violence that has claimed 11 lives.

The body of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan (62) was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street yesterday amid tight security and a heavy garda presence.

It was the same church where Kirwan stood with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, as he buried his murdered brother Eddie Hutch Sr in February last year.

Gardaí believe such a public show of support for Hutch at that funeral may have ultimately cost Kirwan his life when he was gunned down in west Dublin on December 22.

"We pray to our Lord that this is the end to this violence that has devastated so many families," a female mourner said in the prayers of the faithful at Kirwan's funeral yesterday.

Read more: 'We pray that this is the end to this violence' - Mourner at funeral of Noel Kirwan

Fr Hugh O'Donnell, the former parish priest, said Noel was baptised in the same church and had grown up in the area.

He spoke of the tragedy of his death, saying an innocent man had been gunned down in his prime. "The family are deeply in shock, and certainly stunned, and so is the community," he said.

Irish Independent

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