Kinahan Cartel’s Sean McGovern should come home to face charges, says priest who performed fugitive’s father’s funeral


THE priest who performed the funeral of the father of Kinahan Cartel fugitive Sean McGovern said last night: ‘He should come home.’

Father Joe Kennedy – who is also the Garda chaplain – made the appeal after McGovern’s father Des was laid to rest last Thursday.

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Sean McGovern, member of the Kinahan gang, did not make an appearance at his father’s funeral this weekCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
Funeral of Des McGovern at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Crumlin

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Funeral of Des McGovern at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in CrumlinCredit: Gary Ashe-Commissioned by The Sun Dublin

Although there was a huge turnout at the Crumlin man’s funeral service, which was streamed online, there was no sign of his 36-year-old son at large.

In an exclusive interview with The Irish Sun, Father Kennedy said he was “absolutely unaware” of McGovern’s association with the Kinahan Organized Crime Group.

He also told of his shock after we informed him that McGovern’s son – currently living in Dubai – was wanted for the murder of innocent grandfather Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan, 62, in December 2016 and for the attempted hit on James ‘Mago’ Gately in April 2017.

The priest has now promised to raise the issue of McGovern’s association with Daniel Kinahan’s mob with the McGovern family over the next few days.

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The McGovern family has no involvement in crime.

Father Kennedy said: “If the Gardai want him to come home, he should.

“I encourage him to return home to face these very serious charges.

“I was completely unaware of Des McGovern’s son’s ties to the Kinahan Organized Crime Group. I will now be addressing this issue with the family over the next few days.

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“I never had the opportunity to speak to the Gardai during the funeral and when I saw the presence of Garda outside the chapel I thought it was linked to traffic problems because it there was a strong turnout.”

Father Kennedy’s call for McGovern to return to Ireland was welcomed by Noel Kirwan’s family.

A close relative said: ‘It is very encouraging to hear a priest calling on this individual to go home and give the family their day in court.’

And Pat Leahy, Dublin’s former deputy commissioner at the time of the innocent man’s murder, also urged McGovern to end his exile.

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At present, the leadership of the Kinahan cartel – Daniel, his father Christy and his younger brother Christopher Jnr – continue to remain locked up in Dubai.

Mr Leahy said: “People like this individual should think about their family and what is best for them.

“If they engage with the authorities, it brings a certain level of peace to their loved ones who know it’s finally over.”

When announcing the global crackdown on the Kinahan gang in April, the US Treasury Department said McGovern acted as an “adviser to Daniel Kinahan”.

They also said, “McGovern is Kinahan’s closest confidant and evidence indicates that all dealings with Daniel Kinahan go through Sean McGovern.

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“Sean McGovern also handled communications on behalf of Daniel Kinahan and he sells multi-kilogram amounts of cocaine.”

McGovern was last seen in Ireland in 2017.

Guards Chaplain Fr. Joe Kennedy says he was

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Guard Chaplain Fr. Joe Kennedy says he was ‘completely unaware’ of McGovern’s association with the Kinahan CartelCredit: Collins Photo Agency
Innocent grandfather Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan, 62, was murdered by Sean McGovern in December 2016

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Innocent grandfather Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan, 62, was murdered by Sean McGovern in December 2016
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