Gangsters to bid farewell to Kirkwood
ONE of Dublin's best-known 'old school' criminals was due to be cremated today.
A number of the capital's longest-standing gangsters were expected to attend the funeral of Charlie Kirkwood, a fraudster and 'safe man' from the south inner city.
Kirkwood (80), from Ross Road in Christchurch, also ran a notorious betting ring called 'The Toss School', which operated at Little Ship Street in the 1970s.
A well-known criminal in the capital since the 1960s, Kirkwood was pals with Sean 'The Fixer' Fitzgerald, Martin 'Viper' Foley and Veronica Guerin murder suspect John 'The Coach' Traynor.
The fraudster made thousands in a notorious scam when he posed as a garda and cashing pay cheques stolen from the force's pay section.
He died at James' Hospital after an illness. His funeral was due this morning at St Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street, Dublin 8.