Monday 23 April 2018

'We know 100pc, he was never involved in anything' - Family of gangland victim Kirwan 'living a nightmare'

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The family Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan have revealed that they are "living a nightmare every day" since his murder.

Kirwan (62) was gunned down outside his partner's home in St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin just two days before Christmas.

Gardaí believe he may have been targeted by the Kinahan crime cartel over his friendship with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

However, speaking on RTÉ's Crimecall, his adult son Kristopher and daughter Donna insisted that their father had done nothing to warrant the attack.

They have also issued a heartfelt plea for help catching his killers.

“Why did they take his life?" asked daughter Donna. "I can’t understand it at all. What did they think he was involved in at all?

Kirwan with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Kirwan with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

“We know 100pc, he was never involved in anything.”

Speaking to host Keelin Shanley, Kristopher recalled how he was in work on the evening of December 23 when a friend sent him an urgent message to make contact.

“He [Kristopher's friend] was determined to talk to me so I went out and rang him and he said ‘your dad has been shot’ and I laughed.

“My dad is a 62-year-old man. Who would want to shoot him? I hung up the phone on him and I rang Donna and that’s when I knew," said the visibly emotional son.

Recalling the events of that night Donna explained that her father had gone for a meal with his partner, her daughter and her daughter's three-month-old baby. "They were in the restaurant, they were having a great time, they were in great humour," said Donna.

They left the restaurant shortly after 5pm and returned to St Ronan's Drive in Ronanstown.

However, a hitman team was lying in wait and Kirwan was shot dead as he got out of the car.

Donna explained that, like her brother, she was in work when his partner's daughter called her.

Noel Kirwan and his son Kristopher
Noel Kirwan and his son Kristopher

“I thought she just wanted to ask me a question but she just started screaming. She said ‘can you come out to Clondalkin now?' I said ‘why?’, she said ‘your dad is after being shot’.

“I had no words, I just started screaming. I rang her back and I said: ‘Do I go to the hospital?’ She said: ‘No we’re going to wait here for you, they’re working on him’. I didn’t realise what was happening until I went out there."

The family explained that they have now been left to grieve for their father with no answers or explanation.

Kristopher said: “When I was told about my dad the first person I wanted to call was my Dad. It’s just now, still very very surreal.”

Donna added: “We are just traumatised. Every day we wake up and its groundhog day. We are just living a nightmare every single day. We can't even cry anymore, we are just numb.”

The white Peugeot van used in the hit. Picture: RTE
The white Peugeot van used in the hit. Picture: RTE

Gardaí have not made any arrests in the case and Detective Inspector Richard McDonnell, from Lucan Garda station, told the show that they are "keeping a very open mind" on the investigation.

Kristopher begged: "We know someone out there knows something. All it can be is just one small thing that could crack the whole thing."

Gardaí also showed a picture of the White Peugeot Partner van used in the hit and appealed for anyone who may have seen this to contact gardaí.

Eleven people have been murdered as part of the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud.

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