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crime world Episode 67: The rise and fall of Ireland's first heroin dealer, Larry Dunne

When he lay down to die between two wheelie bins in the front garden of a relative's home, gone were all the trappings of the notorious drug dealer's wealth

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

He was the first godfather of Irish crime, the man who unleashed heroin on Dublin’s impoverished housing estates and flat complexes.

Larry Dunne found fame as the drug lord responsible for the destruction of entire communities, whose greed took parents from their children and turned countless young people into thieves and prostitutes.

But when he lay down to die between two wheelie bins in the front garden of a relative's home, gone were all the trappings of wealth that had once afforded him a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion on a hill and everything that money could buy.

Now, following a coroner's ruling that he died from self-inflicted stab wounds, Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the rise and fall of 'Flash' Larry Dunne.

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