'We pray that this is the end to this violence' - Mourner at funeral of Noel Kirwan
A mourner at the funeral of the latest victim of the Kinahan and Hutch feud has prayed that his death would mark an end to the spiral of violence that has so far claimed 11 lives..
The body of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan (62) was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street this morning 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 in March last year.
Gardai believe that 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.
Kirwan was targeted as he returned home to the house he shared with his partner Bernadette in Ronanstown.
He was gunned down in cold blood in front of her.
“We pray to our Lord that this is the end to this violence that has devastated so many families,” the female mourner said in the prayers of the faithful at Kirwan’s funeral today.
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.
“He was always on the lookout to see was there an opportunity or a need that could be addressed that he could do something about, and that also extended to the homeless, the elderly, to really anybody, because he was someone who built up his community,” he said.
Fr O’Donnell said that as a community we need to stand against the negativity and violence all around us. “We need to lift our own voices, take control of our lives, and be here for each other,” he said.
Gifts brought to the altar to represent his life included his boxing gloves, a packet of his favourite jellies, a newspaper and an apple, and his mobile phone.
Noel’s god daughter Rhonda Quinn gave a eulogy at the end of the mass.
“Our Noely, or Duck Egg as some people would call him, was a remarkable kind hearted man who helped so many people and asked for nothing in return.
“He gave me a job and drove me home nearly every night, and he was always at the end of the phone if I needed him,” she said.
Rhonda then read out one of Noel’s favourite quotes: “You’re only as good as your last favour.”
Local representatives who attended the funeral included Independent Councillor Christy Burke and TD's Maureen O’Sullivan, and Dessie Ellis.
After funeral mass, Mr Kirwan’s body was brought to Glasnevin cemetery for cremation.