Slain feud victim's heart-wrenching final moments

The scene of Noel Kirwan's shooting
The scene of Noel Kirwan's shooting

THE daughter of Noel Kirwan’s partner held his hand and spoke to him in his dying moments, an inquest has heard.

The 62-year-old suffered multiple gunshot wounds as he sat in the driver’s seat of his car three days before Christmas last year.

The father-of-two died from the injuries he suffered when he was shot on St Ronan’s Drive, Clondalkin.

An inquest into his death, which opened at Dublin Coroner’s Court, heard there was no post-mortem result available.

The man’s two children, Donna and Kristopher, were present in court along with his partner Bernadette Roe’s daughter Carolyn Murray.

Ms Roe, who was present at the scene of the shooting, was not in court.

It was around 5pm when Mr Kirwan was shot several times as he sat in his Ford Mondeo at St Ronan’s Drive, where he lived with his partner.

Gardai believe his killing is linked to the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Mr Kirwan was an old friend of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and attended the funeral of his brother Eddie Hutch last February.

Ms Murray spoke to Gda Mark Grant, of Ronanstown Garda Station, in the aftermath of Mr Kirwan’s shooting.

“I said I was holding Noel’s hand, talking to him. I identified him and told him he lived at St Ronan’s Drive in Clondalkin,” she said in her statement, which was read out in court.

Giving evidence, Gda Grant, who was on duty in a patrol car in Ronanstown on December 22, confirmed that Mr Kirwan was identified to him by Ms Murray.

Insp Colm Healy sought an adjournment of the inquest as he said gardai were continuing their investigation into Mr Kirwan’s death.

“There is an ongoing investigation and inquiries continue into Mr Kirwan’s untimely death,” Insp Healy told the court.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest until August 22.