Tuesday 24 April 2018

Pictured: Man found shot dead in field is son of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan

Kane McCormack, whose body was found in a field on the Kildare/Meath border.
Kane McCormack, whose body was found in a field on the Kildare/Meath border.

Sean Nolan

THE young man found shot dead in a field yesterday is a son of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan - who himself was shot dead by the Kinahan cartel a year ago.

Yesterday's victim has been named locally as Kane McCormack, a 24-year-old convicted criminal from Dublin.

Garda Technical Bureau at the scene in Walterstown Farm in Dunboyne, investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man in his 20s Picture by Fergal Phillips
Garda Technical Bureau at the scene in Walterstown Farm in Dunboyne, investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man in his 20s Picture by Fergal Phillips

McCormack's body was found in a field on the Meath/Kildare border at approximately noon yesterday.

The grim discovery was made by a woman out walking at Walterstown, Dunboyne.

McCormack, also known as Kane Kirwan, had been reported missing by his girlfriend at Blanchardstown Garda station just hours before his body was discovered in a field adjacent to a supermarket in Dunboyne.

He had been formally warned his life was in danger by Gardaí from the Kinahan crime cartel over fears he would seek revenge for father Noel’s murder last December.

Garda Technical Bureau at the scene in Walterstown Farm in Dunboyne, investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man in his 20s
Picture by Fergal Phillips
Garda Technical Bureau at the scene in Walterstown Farm in Dunboyne, investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man in his 20s Picture by Fergal Phillips

He was before the courts last month on firearms charges after a large quantity of ammunition was found in Dublin last year.

At the time of the court case, he was released on bail but his defence lawyer asked that his next court date not be read out in open court as there was "a threat on his life".

It is understood he had also narrowly avoided a previous attempt on his life.

His father - Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan - was a close friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. Noel Kirwan, The 62-year-old was sitting in a car outside his house in St Ronan’s Drive, in Clondalkin on December 22 last when he was shot several times. He was the tenth person to die in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

His partner was in the passenger seat was but was not injured in the shooting.

Now gardai are investigating if his son was the 13th victim - and the first since May.

McCormack was also close associate of another victim of the Hutch/Kinahan feud and gardai are now investigating if this murder was another in the feud that has been ongoing for over two years.

The Kinahan/Hutch feud has claimed 12 victims since violence erupted almost two years ago.

Earlier this month, gardai told Dublin City Councillors that more than 45,000 Garda checkpoints have been carried out in response to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

They have made 101 arrests and 281 searches.

An incident room has been established at Ashbourne Garda Station and gardai say enquiries are ongoing.

Fianna Fail Councillor for Dunboyne Damien O’Reilly went to visit the scene where the body was found today but said the roads were cordoned off by gardai.

"I'm deeply saddened and shocked this took place in Dunboyne, I encourage anyone who was in the area today or last night to make contact with Ashbourne gardai.

"It’s not something you want to hear coming up to Christmas especially. This is a very quiet, very remote area and there’s only a few houses out here. I feel sorry for the person who made this discovery.”

Meath Fianna Fail TD Thomas Byrne spoke out about the killing on Twitter saying:  “I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the murder which has lead gardai to discover the body of a man outside Dunboyne near the Kildare border. I know that all of society condemns this and supports our Gardaí fully as they investigate. Totally mindless.”

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