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Monday 18 December 2017

Innocent grandfather Eddie Nugent died protecting his family, mourners told

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Eddie Nugent

Innocent granddad Eddie Nugent was protecting his family the night he was shot dead at his Dublin home, his son has said.

Mr Nugent (64) was gunned down at his Harty Avenue home last Sunday week as he answered a knock at the front door at around 9pm.

His killers would have been able to see him through the clear window of the porch before pulling the trigger.

The investigation into the killing is continuing, with gardai yesterday appealing for information about the movements of a stolen silver Honda Civic between 6.30 and 9.30pm on the night of the murder.

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The car was stolen in the Kilmainham area on Sunday, February 15 and was later discovered, partly burnt-out, on Esposito Road.

The handgun used in the murder has not been recovered.

Speaking of his father at his funeral in Walkinstown yesterday, Kieran Nugent said he was a family man to the end.

“A lot of people might not know that on the night of his death, under the circumstances, all he wanted to do was protect his family,” he told mourners at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“To make sure that door was safe and that no harm could come to anyone that night. He made it his business to protect, and that’s exactly what he did.”

To applause, he added: “He was a father, a grandfather, a brother and a loving husband. That was my dad.”

Mr Nugent was remembered as a man who loved life.

“He had a tough Clint Eastwood aura about him, but a loving caring side,” said his son.

“When he worked on the buses with the special needs children he won awards for decorating them at Christmas.

“My da loved his family and would do anything for us. He was always at the end of the phone if you needed a lift or something.

“He was absolutely heartbroken when we moved out of the family home, even though we moved around the corner and he could see my house from his house.

“He was always homesick, even when he was in hospital, giving out saying he wanted to be at home.

“When he was fishing and going out on his boats he would sit there and look out to sea and you could see he was in his element and at peace.

“He always found something to do, not because he was bored but he felt it was his duty to provide for his family in any way possible, whether it was making Christmas logs or buying and selling old cars and doing them up.

“He loved to go up and have a quiet drink in the Kestrel, and any time anyone would ask where he was he would say he was in the post office, even when it was a Sunday afternoon and his car was outside the Kestrel.”

Mourners heard Mr Nugent was a peaceful, kind and loving man who loved the simple things in life, a man who loved his family and worked hard.

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