The pub where Eamon Dunne was shot dead
Crime Scene Location in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland
This is the former pub where Irish crime boss Eamon Dunne was shot dead.
It is situated at 2A Faussagh Avenue in Cabra, Dublin.
In April 2010, two masked gunmen walked into this pub and shot Dunne several times in the head.
At the time of the shooting, this derelict building was called the Fassaugh House. Following the murder, it was renamed Matt's of Cabra.
Rise to power
Eamon "The Don" Dunne seized control of a large criminal gang in northwest Dublin after he orchestrated the murder of his former boss, Martin "Marlo" Hyland, in 2006.
In the years that followed, he quickly gained a reputation for being ruthless, paranoid, and unhinged.
During the late 2000s, he ordered the gangland murders of at least a dozen people.
Rivals and anyone he suspected of being an informant quickly became targets.
However, it was this ruthlessness that eventually led to his downfall.
Violence brings attention, and attention is particularly bad if you are in the business of selling drugs.
It wasn't long before Dunne's cocaine-fueled paranoia began to worry his associates. From their perspective, it was only a matter of time before he focused his suspicions on them.
In the months leading up to his death, his daily cocaine consumption increased, and he became more and more unhinged.
He also started extorting money from other criminals and bragging about having affairs with other gangsters' girlfriends.
A decision is made
In February 2010, the Kinahan cartel in Spain decided that it needed to restore calm to the Dublin underworld.
At the time, they were supplying Dunne with drugs. However, "The Don" was starting to step on too many toes. Furthermore, his penchant for violence and his extortion attempts were proving to be very bad for business.
To quell the turmoil, the Kinahans and other gangland figures in north Dublin came to an agreement.
Eamon Dunne needed to go.
The murder of Eamon Dunne
On April 23rd, 2010, Dunne was attending a friend's birthday party at this pub in Cabra.
His 17-year-old daughter and his associates were also in attendance.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on that Friday night, a vehicle carrying four masked men pulled up outside the pub. Two of the men then ran into the building and made a beeline for Dunne's table at the back.
When Dunne realized what was happening, he reportedly grabbed a young Chinese staff member and attempted to use him as a shield.
However, moments later, he let the boy go and tried to run towards an exit.
At that point, one of the gunmen shouted, "You're not so tough now!" before opening fire and shooting Dunne multiple times.
When "The Don" slumped to the floor, his killer walked over to his lifeless body and fired another shot into his head.
Within a matter of seconds, one of the most violent and hated gangland bosses in Irish history was dead.
Further information is available in the "Photos" section below.
Eamon Dunne death location
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
2A Faussagh Ave, Cabra, Dublin, D07 TH77, Ireland
The Eircode is D07 TH77
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The building sits across from Saint Finbars GAA Club on Faussagh Avenue in Cabra. It is right beside Lanigan's Funeral Directors, which is close to the junction between Fassaugh Road and Quarry Road.
Details about the general area
Cabra is an inner-city suburb on the northwest side of Dublin. It is relatively close to places such as Phoenix Park and Glasnevin Cemetery.
Photos of the pub and other related images.
Fassaugh House pub
This Google Street View image of the Fassaugh House pub was taken in April 2009—a year before the murder took place.
Following the shooting, the owners renamed it "Matt's of Cabra".
Detectives believe that someone inside the pub texted Dunne's location to the hitmen, as they knew exactly where he was sitting.
Notably, none of his associates attempted to intervene or warn him.
Locals refer to the building as Matt's site.
In 2020, local independent Councillor Cieran Perry complained to the owners about the dilapidated state of the building.
On a number of occasions, the local council has had to remove graffiti and illegal dumping from the site.
Although there were plans to demolish the property and build apartments on the site, the application was rejected by An Bord Pleanala for reasons relating to daylight and the internal designs of the apartments.
The former pub has been derelict for quite some time.
Eamon Dunne and Brian O'Reilly
This is a photograph of Eamon Dunne and his close friend Brian O'Reilly (wearing a white top).
In 2014, O'Reilly survived being shot twice in the chest outside of a gym in Balbriggan.
At the time of his murder, Dunne was living in the Lanesborough area of Finglas. Before that, he had lived on Dunsoghly Drive.
He reportedly wore a bulletproof vest at all times.
People described him as being educated and soft-spoken. He had children with three different women.
The Irish police repeatedly warned him about threats to his life. In the months leading up to his death, his father had also attempted to persuade him to quit his life of crime. However, Dunne reportedly felt as though he was in too deep to hang up his boots.
In 2002, he faced charges of false imprisonment after a man was found bound and gagged in the boot of his car. The charges were later dropped because the man in question was too afraid to testify.
At the time of his death, he was facing a 10-year prison sentence. In 2002, gardai caught him in possession of a large amount of cocaine and ecstasy at a house in Finglas. Dunne managed to delay the case by launching a legal challenge that went all the way to the Supreme Court. However, he ultimately lost and was due to face the charges in May 2010—one month before his death.
He was also facing charges of conspiracy to hold up a cash-in-transit van. That case was due to start in June 2010.
Whenever he was stopped by the police, he would take photographs of them and record the conversation on a dictaphone.
Investigators believe that he murdered his lieutenant, Graham McNally, in January 2009. At the time, he was reportedly paranoid that McNally was plotting against him.
Following Dunne's death, his associates never contacted or offered condolences to his family.
Dunne was well aware that his life was in danger. He planned his entire funeral in late 2009 and even left cash so that mourners could have free drinks.
He is buried in Dardistown Cemetery near Dublin Airport.
Two men in their twenties were arrested shortly after the shooting took place. However, no charges were made. To this day, the case remains open.
The Google Street View image above was captured in November 2022.
In more recent times, the property has become home to a coffee stand and farmer's market, which was setup by Eoin Morris. The outside has also been cleaned up and painted in bright colors.
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