Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan to be laid to rest today surrounded by garda 'ring of steel'
The latest victim of Dublin’s gangland feud, Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan, is to be laid to rest today.
The veteran criminal was blasted to death by gunmen who are believed to be linked to the Kinahan drugs cartel.
The Kinaham mob is embroiled in a bitter gang war with Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, which has already seen four men gunned down.
56-year-old Kingsize was murdered as he sat in his car outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath, on Wednesday night.
Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan became a millionaire because of his massive involvement in cigarette smuggling. It was through this activity that he earned the nickname 'Mr Kingsize'.
In 2003, the Criminal Assets Bureau confiscated a five-storey apartment and retail block owned by him that was valued at €4m.
It is understood he became a primary target for the Kinahan cartel because of his long-standing business and personal relationship with their arch enemy, Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.
He was in regular contact with Hutch and often travelled to The Monk's base in Lanzarote.
It's understood Duggan remained heavily involved in the illegal cigarette trade.
If Duggan was murdered by members of the Kinahan cartel as feared, his death will be seen as a major escalation of the gang war that was sparked by the murder of the Monk's nephew, Gary Hutch (34), in Spain last year.
Kinahan gang member David Bryne from Crumlin was subsequently shot dead in the Regency Hotel attack and two associates were injured.
Three days later, the Kinahans retaliated by murdering Gerry Hutch's older brother Eddie Hutch.
Gardai will be forming a ‘ring of steel’ around today’s funeral as Gerry Hutch is expected to make an appearance among the mourners at Holy Trinity Church this morning.
Hutch has rarely been seen in public since his brother Eddie was shot dead in his north Dublin home in February.
Noel Duggan is remembered by his wife Belinda, sons Garreth and Darren and daughter Nicola. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Luke, Liam, Jessica and Sean.