Friday 22 November 2019

Two men charged with Dublin gun murder of veteran criminal Kelly

Scene of the shooting of Eamon Kelly
Scene of the shooting of Eamon Kelly

Two Dublin men have appeared in court charged with the gun murder of veteran criminal Eamon Kelly in the north of the city six-and-a-half years ago.

Kenneth Donoghue (42) was remanded in custody when he appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday.

Mr Donoghue, of Hazelgrove Estate, Tallaght, is accused of murdering Mr Kelly at Furry Park Road, Killester.

He is also charged with unlawful possession of a Glock pistol.

Judge Bryan Smyth remanded him in custody until his next appearance at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.

Bail can be granted only in the High Court on a murder charge.


Darren Murphy (48), of Rory O'Connor House, Dublin 1, was also charged with murdering Mr Kelly on December 4, 2012, and with unlawful possession of a Glock pistol with intent to endanger life.

He appeared before Judge Geraldine Carthy during the evening sitting of the district court.

Det Gda Basil Grimes told the court that Mr Murphy replied "I've nothing to say" when the charges were put to him.

The accused, who was dressed in a navy T-shirt and trousers, sat silently throughout the hearing.

Eamon Kelly was shot near his home in Killester
Eamon Kelly was shot near his home in Killester

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

A book of evidence has yet to be completed before Mr Donoghue and Mr Murphy can be returned for trial.

Kelly (65) was shot four times in the back as he returned home from his local betting shop in Killester.

He died from injuries sustained when he was shot 70 metres from his home.

The 65-year-old was one of the country's longest-serving criminal figures, having been involved in organised crime for more than four decades.

He had survived an assassination attempt in 2010 at the same spot when the would-be killer's gun jammed.

Kelly lived in the North Strand area of Dublin until 1974 when he moved to Killester.

His wife, Ann McCormack, who died of cancer the year before his murder, was the daughter of legendary 1940s Dublin boxer Spike McCormack.

He was a close associate of former INLA leader Dessie O'Hare.

Kelly was convicted in May 1993 of possession of €600,000 worth of cocaine for supply the previous September and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Sean Connolly, of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, was jailed for life by the Special Criminal Court in May 2015 for the murder of Kelly.

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