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art imitating life New RTE show Kin influenced by real-life Irish underworld and gangland killings

Hit RTE crime series has pulled in an impressive 500,000 viewers on Sunday nights

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Jamie's funeral in the RTE series 'Kin'.

Jamie's funeral in the RTE series 'Kin'.

Christy Kinahan

Christy Kinahan

Michael Barr was shot dead at Dublin's Sunset House.

Michael Barr was shot dead at Dublin's Sunset House.

Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Gardai and CAB raid a garage linked to the Kinahan cartel in Bluebell, Dublin

Gardai and CAB raid a garage linked to the Kinahan cartel in Bluebell, Dublin

Martin 'The General' Cahill.

Martin 'The General' Cahill.

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Jamie's funeral in the RTE series 'Kin'.

ma-kin it real 

It is obvious that the notorious feud between the Kinahan cartel and Hutch gang may have inspired the whole concept of the series, and it's no coincidence that the title of

The show has pulled in an impressive 500,000 viewers on Sunday nights and while it has not yet reached the dizzying heights of previous crime blockbuster

RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy and former Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke have lashed out at the series for what they say is glamorising criminality.

But the viewing figures speak for themselves and so do the twists and turns of the series, which shows that art appears to be mirroring real life in a few ways we highlight here.

  • GYM SHOOTING

The hit on Eric 'Viking' Kinsella (Sam Keeley) outside a gym bears all the hallmarks of the murder of Zach Parker.

The 23-year-old was shot dead while driving out of a car park at a gym in Swords, Co Dublin in January 2019.

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Zach Parker was shot dead

Zach Parker was shot dead

Zach Parker was shot dead

Gardai believe his killing was as a result of money owed to a group known as 'The Gucci gang' in Finglas.

  • CAR DEALER MONEY LAUNDERING

When Mikey Kinsella (Charlie Cox) gets out of prison he tries to go legit in an effort to see his daughter by getting a job in a car dealership.

He is offered a job as a car washer in the showroom by Jimmy's wife Amanda Kinsella (Clare Dunne).

The car business is a front, similar to that run by real-life gang boss Liam Byrne.

In 2018, the High Court ruled Kinahan cartel associate Byrne's business and lavish lifestyle were funded through the proceeds of crime.

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Gardai and CAB raid a garage linked to the Kinahan cartel in Bluebell, Dublin

Gardai and CAB raid a garage linked to the Kinahan cartel in Bluebell, Dublin

Gardai and CAB raid a garage linked to the Kinahan cartel in Bluebell, Dublin

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His assets included two houses, luxury cars, high-powered motorcycles, jewellery and cash.

Liam's brother David was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in February 2016.

The High Court found that Liam Byrne and Sean McGovern - who was also shot at the Regency Hotel - engaged in criminal activities for the purposes of laundering the proceeds of the Byrne Organised Crime Group's (BOCG) criminal activity.

They had transferred wealth between the members of various organised crime groups, provided a fleet of high-end luxury cars to members of the BOCG and hid the beneficial ownership of the vehicles in question.

  • INNOCENTS CAUGHT UP IN DEADLY ATTACKS

Jamie Kinsella (Cian Fitzsimons) was murdered in episode one after he was gunned down outside the gym in the botched hit on his uncle Eric.

The 17-year-old had driven his uncle Mikey to meet Eric at the gym before a gunman fired a hail of bullets in their direction.

In 2012, Melanie McCarthy (16) also known by the surname McNamara, was blasted in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and two others in Tallaght, Dublin.

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Melanie McCarthy McNamara

Melanie McCarthy McNamara

Melanie McCarthy McNamara

Detectives believed Melanie had been mistakenly hit during an indiscriminate attack linked to a feud between rival groups.

She is not the only innocent person killed in gangland hits, with two men killed in the Hutch/Kinahan feud believed to have been the victims of mistaken identity.

  • PUB SHOOTINGS

Tonight's episode will see Kinsella brothers Mikey and Jimmy (Emmet J Scanlan) take part in a hit on Caolán Moore (Lloyd Cooney).

Moore was responsible for Jamie's death and tonight the brothers will be seen trying to take him out in a well-known Dublin pub, which in real life is a favourite watering hole of gardai, lawyers and journalists.

Pubs have been at the centre of several infamous gangland killings in recent years.

Barman Michael Barr was shot dead at the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, Dublin in April 2016 during the height of the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

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Michael Barr was shot dead at Dublin's Sunset House.

Michael Barr was shot dead at Dublin's Sunset House.

Michael Barr was shot dead at Dublin's Sunset House.

Two men, Eamon Cumberton and David Hunter, have since been imprisoned for his murder.

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Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Notorious Dublin criminal Eamon Dunne was shot and killed in the Fassaugh House in Finglas in 2010. He was nicknamed 'The Don' and his gang was involved in drug dealing, armed robbery, extortion and murder.

In the lead up to the current Hutch/Kinahan feud there had been an attempted hit on Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch in an Irish pub in Lanzarote on the orders of the Kinahans, but Hutch recognised his killers and fled the bar before they returned with guns to kill him.

  • CHRISTY KINAHAN AND THE MONK

The origins of the Hutch/Kinahan feud began with the Monk's nephew Gary Hutch's murder by the Kinahan cartel in Spain in September 2015. Gary was blamed by the Kinahans for an attack on one of their members and also of supplying information to the gardai.

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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry tried to sort the spat out with Christy Kinahan and €200,000 was paid over to spare his life, but to no avail.

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Christy Kinahan

Christy Kinahan

Christy Kinahan

Many viewers believe they see traits of 'Dapper Don' Christy in Eamon and of The Monk in Frank.

  • MR FLASHY AND THE GUCCI GANG

A young bunch of tearaways linked to Cunningham's gang is led by Caolán Moore.

His gang of youngsters wear top-of-the-range designer gear and appear loaded with cash.

The most obvious example of such an outfit is the notorious young Dublin criminal nicknamed 'Mr Flashy'.

He has never been publicly named but he leads a gang on the capital's Northside called the 'Gucci gang', because of their love of expensive clothes.

  • MENAGE A TROIS

There have been subtle hints in the first two episodes that Mikey Kinsella may have had a fling with his brother Jimmy's wife Amanda before he went to prison.

Martin 'the General' Cahill had an unconventional domestic arrangement before he was killed by the IRA in 1994.

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Martin 'The General' Cahill.

Martin 'The General' Cahill.

Martin 'The General' Cahill.

While married to his wife Frances he also regularly bedded her sister Tina Lawless, in an arrangement in which the pair knowingly 'shared' the gangster.

  • JAMES 'MAGO' GATELY

Kin creator Peter McKenna is said to fascinated by the background of James 'Mago' Gately. It is believed McKenna has based Jimmy on Gately, who is an asscoiate of the Hutch gang.

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James 'Mago' Gately had been warned by gardaí of a threat to his life.

James 'Mago' Gately had been warned by gardaí of a threat to his life.

James 'Mago' Gately had been warned by gardaí of a threat to his life.

While Mago has only been imprisoned for petty crime, he has been a constant target of the Kinahans, who've made several attempts on his life.

Gately has been pictured recently having outdoor coffees with Patrick Hutch who is a brother of slain Gary.

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