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Friday 19 October 2018

'King of one-liners' laid to rest after gun attack

Mourners at the funeral of Kenneth Finn
Mourners at the funeral of Kenneth Finn

Dublin's latest gangland murder victim has been remembered as a loyal friend and the king of one-liners.

Father-of-two Kenneth Finn (36), from Marino, was gunned down in Moatview Gardens, Coolock, on February 25 as he tried to flee his killers.

He ended up being chased down into the garden of a house and was shot in the head. He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital but died two days later.

Detectives have established that Mr Finn owed a large amount of money to the gang led by 'Mr Big' and was under threat.

Family and friends gathered at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Donnycarney yesterday for his funeral Mass.

His coffin was carried into the church to the song Call The Man by Celine Dion.

Funny

Chief mourners were his parents, sisters and brothers, his fiancee Donna and their two sons.

At the beginning of the Mass, his sister spoke, saying the family wanted his funeral to be a celebration of his life.

"On behalf of my family, I want to thank all the staff at Beaumont Hospital, our friends, our neighbours and the parish, and everybody who has supported us in our toughest days," she said.

"Everyone here has been touched by Kenneth in their own special way, and everybody probably has their own special memory or story."

Kenneth Finn's coffin being carried out of the church
Kenneth Finn's coffin being carried out of the church

She told her own story of waking up one morning to find the flowerpots in her garden had been stolen, and how she rang her brother to see if he could do anything.

"I rang the right man, my brother Ken, because I knew he would help me," she said.

"He said his favourite line 'leave it with me' and I went off on my holiday still worrying about my plants.

"He messaged me asking when I would be home. When I came home, later that night, my plants were sitting on my wall along with my neighbour's, which had been robbed too.

"Kenneth was a lot of things to a lot of people," she added.

"He was a great brother, a great father, a great son, a great uncle and a very, very loyal friend to a lot of people.

"So I'd like for this not to be a sad occasion, I'd like us to remember Ken in the best way.

"He was funny, he was very witty, he was the king of one-liners, and I'd like it to be a celebration of his life."

Gifts taken to the altar were a motorcycle helmet, carried by Callum, and a Liverpool jersey.

After the funeral Mass Finn's remains were taken to Dardistown Crematorium.

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