Sunday 18 August 2019

Who was Noel Kirwan - Dublin's latest gangland victim?

The 'best friend' of Gerry The Monk Hutch has become the tenth victim of the bloody Kinahan-Hutch feud

Noel Kirwan, left, with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Noel Kirwan, left, with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at St Ronans Drive, Clondalkin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at St Ronans Drive, Clondalkin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at St Ronans Drive, Clondalkin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at St Ronans Drive, Clondalkin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at St Ronans Drive, Clondalkin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Noel Kirwan, aged in his 60s, is a childhood friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and grew up with the family in the north inner city flat complexes.

He was considered one of The Monk's best friends and was seen in his company at the the funeral of The Monk's brother Eddie Hutch Sr earlier this year.

As a young man, 'Duckegg' or 'Duckie' as he was known was before the courts for firearms offences and was questioned in relation to serious crimes.

However, despite being involved in crime as a young a man, he is not believed to have had any links to crime in recent years.

During the 1990s he was involved in the anti-drugs campaign in the north inner city, which saw locals working to push out drug pushers during the heroin epidemic that gripped the city.

He moved out of the north inner city to Kilbarrack a number of years ago, and it is thought he was living with a partner in Ronanstown in recent years.

One source suggested that the deceased man was too much of  a 'loudmouth' to have been connected to the ongoing feud.

"He grew up in Jude's Gardens off Railway Street and lived in Summerhill for a number of years," said one source.

"He would have grown up with some of the Hutch family, and it is my guess he was murdered because of this. It is ridiculous. There is no way he should be a target. He had some involvement in extortion years and years ago but that was all in the past," they added.

Aged in his late 50s or early 60s, Kirwan was well known in the inner city in the past.

His father worked in the docks and it is believed Noel inherited his father's unusual nickname from him although its origins are unknown.

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