'Kingsize' killing a 'cruel, cowardly act', funeral told
Mourners at the funeral of Ireland's latest victim of gangland crime were told his death was a "cruel, cowardly and callous act".
Hundreds of friends and family arrived at the Holy Trinity Church in Ratoath, Co Meath, yesterday morning to pay their respects to Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (56).
The dad-of-three was gunned down outside his home in the Old Mill estate, Ratoath, at 8pm last Wednesday.
There was a moderate garda presence throughout the mass as a number of uniformed officers kept watch outside of the church grounds. An armed vehicle from the Regional Support Unit, along with an Emergency Response Unit jeep, also patrolled near the church.
However, the garda presence was mild in comparison to the operations that took place around the funerals of Eddie Hutch (58) and David Byrne (33) in the capital last month.
The coffin of Noel Duggan arrived shortly before 11am, and was accompanied with floral tributes reading "Grandad", "Dad" and "Boss".
During the service, Fr Brendan Ludlow said that the murder of Duggan was a "cruel, cowardly and callous act on Wednesday evening - the very day associated with the cruel and spineless decision of Judas".
"The Duggan family's world has been shaken, their lives have been rocked to the core and all light has been eclipsed. They have been cast into darkness," he told mourners.
"Noel Duggan's family have come to know what it is to stand by, helplessly watching on in horror as the traumatic events unfolded as the husband and father they loved was cruelly taken from them.
"Belinda has been robbed of a loving husband. Garreth, Darren and Nicola have lost a loving, devoted father who was always firm but fair, and always lavished them with affection."
His grandchildren were robbed of a "proud and affectionate grandfather" he added.
The priest thanked the congregation on behalf of the family for their support.
Detectives investigating the murder believe he was killed as part of the feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs.