James Whelan: Funeral of slain Finglas mobster to be held in Dublin

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Gangster James Whelan, who was shot dead in Dublin last week, is to be laid to rest on Wednesday after funeral mass in his native Finglas.

Mass for the 29-year-old will be held at River Mount Parish with an 11.30am mass followed by burial at Dardistown Cemetery.

His review on RIP.ie states that “the death of the late James Whelan (3 April 2022) occurred suddenly”.

“Surrounded by his loving family, he is dearly missed by his loving mother Sonya, his fathers James and David, his brother Sean, his sister Tori, his loving partner Jean, his son King Parker The Boss.”

He adds: “Grandparents Nanny GG and Joe, Nanny Tayes, sister-in-law Vennesa, brother-in-law David, Sonya, loving partner Jason, aunts and uncles, loving dog Rico, extended family and a very wide circle of friends. ”

In the condolence section, people left many messages of sympathy.

It reads: “Teacher. With all the family a loss so sad so young rest in peace.”

Another adds: “Thinking of you Sonia, Sean, Lori, the heartbreaking loss of James, I hope you find comfort and strength through the support of your family and friends. RIP James.

Another person wrote: “From one mom to another, I am heartbroken for you and your family. I hope you get the peace, support and justice you deserve for the loss of your beautiful baby boy.

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Flowers and tributes at the scene of the fatal shooting of James Whelan on Deanstown Avenue in Finglas, Dublin last week. Photo by Colin Keegan

Flowers and tributes at the scene of the fatal shooting of James Whelan on Deanstown Avenue in Finglas, Dublin last week. Photo by Colin Keegan

Another read: ‘Sincere condolences to our former neighbors and friends in the Whelan family, thinking of you all at this very sad time, may he rest in peace.’

We have revealed how the gardaí are prepared for violence following the mobster’s funeral this week.

A bitter blame game is being played among some Whelan associates who believe the drug dealer was double-crossed by an individual from his own gang who tipped off his waiting killers.

Gardaí believe there is ‘absolutely no doubt’ there will be retaliation for the brutal murder of Whelan, who was shot in a hail of gunfire from a high velocity weapon near a property tied to his former pal-turned-enemy “Monsieur Flashy.”

His death is mourned by many of his closest aides, and armed gardaí are expected to closely watch Whelan’s funeral, which is expected to be “a sizable gang event” given the father of one’s major criminal connections throughout the city.

As preparations are underway for his burial, the Sunday World can reveal that the mobster’s associates have already made their own plans as to who should succeed him.

His successor is a long-time drug dealer from the Finglas area of ​​North Dublin in his twenties.

He previously had close ties to gangster Paul ‘Farmer’ Martin, who was shot dead in an unsolved murder at a Finglas pub 14 years ago in a hit orchestrated by slain gang leader Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne.

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