THE funeral of Limerick man Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran, who was murdered in Dublin at the weekend, is expected to take place in the coming days.
The 46-year-old, who was a feared criminal, was shot by a lone gunman outside his home at Earlsfort View, Lucan at around 7.30pm on Saturday night.
According to garda sources, Mr Moran, who was a relative of members of the Dundon McCarthy crime gang, had strong connections to organised criminality in Limerick and in Dublin.
Limerick gardai suspect he played a significant role in the murders of nightclub bouncer Brian Fitzgerald in 2002 and rugby player Shane Geoghegan in 2008.
However, he was not prosecuted in relation to either murder due to a lack of evidence.
In 2003, he attempted to intimidate a juror who had been selected for the trial of five Limerick men who were subsequently convicted, at the Central Criminal Court, of murdering crime boss Kieran Keane in Drombanna in January of the same year.
Mr Moran, who was also a target of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), was also suspected of involvement in at least one gangland murder in the capital.
He is also known to have supplied armoured vehicles to members of the Dundon McCarthy gang in Limerick and was also the person who collected Ger Dundon from outside Wheatfield Prison when he was released in January of this year having served a lengthy sentence.
In addition to his links with organised crime gangs in Limerick, Mr Moran also had strong connections to the Continuity IRA.
While he was originally from Southill, Mr Moran moved to the capital at a young age where he has lived since.
In recent times, Stephen Moran ran a security company and had a controlling share in several Dublin pubs.
He also had strong connections with convicted drug dealer, John Gilligan, who was seriously injured when he was shot while attending a family Christening earlier this month.
A post mortem, which was carried out by assistant state pathologist, Doctor Margaret Bolster, confirmed Mr Moran died from gunshot wounds and a full murder investigation is now underway.
Gardai at Lucan station are appealing for any witnesses to last week’s murder to come forward and they are especially appealing for information about a car, which was found burned out at the nearby Glenvale estate a short time after the shooting.
It is understood that while the family of Stephem Moran had initially intended having his funeral in Limerick, it is now likely to take place in Dublin.