The Kinahans, a new true crime podcast from The Irish Sun, tells the story of Ireland’s most notorious crime family

The Irish Sun is launching a new Irish true crime podcast called ‘The Kinahans’ which tells the 40-year story of Ireland’s most feared crime family.

Hosted by The Irish Sun’s Damien Lane, a veteran journalist who has covered Irish life and crime for over two decades, the nine part series traces Christy Kinahan’s rise from low-key fraudster to leader of one of Europe’s biggest organised crime gangs. Top Gardai give exclusive insights into the inner workings of the cartel, with former assistant commissioners Michael O’Sullivan and John O’Driscoll revealing their dealings with the gang. The podcast also speaks to the victims of the Kinahans’ rise, community activists, politicians and those with keen insights into the subjects of this story.

Stephen Breen, Crime Editor of The Irish Sun, outlines the strange series of events that led to The Regency attack in February 2016, which resulted in the brutal murder of Kinahan Cartel lieutenant David Byrne and Ireland’s bloodiest ever gangland feud that same year.

The podcast also features a range of emotional interviews with victims of those whose lives have been taken as a result of the Kinahan Cartel, including Noeleen Barr, sister of Michael Barr who tragically lost his life in 2016’s north-inner city feud.

Following on from the success of The Irish Sun’s hit 2021 podcast ‘The Making Of A Detective,’ the podcast aims to predict what might come next for The Kinahan Cartel, as they continue to evade The DEA, An Garda Síochána, Interpol and a number of other police services globally.

The series culminates in “The Irish Gangland Trial of the Century” as The Irish Sun’s Senior News Reporter Michael Doyle recounts the many twists and turns of the recent murder trial of Irish godfather Gerry Hutch.

The Kinahans is available on all popular podcast platforms and sat at number one for five weeks straight in the Irish chart. The podcast also peaked at 22 in the UK charts and stayed in the top 40 during its entire first month. The podcast had 260,000 downloads in the first 30 days and is currently sitting at 300,000 streams to date.

Kieran McDaid, Editor of The Irish Sun, says: “We are delighted to present another thrilling true crime podcast after the success of ‘The Making Of A Detective’ in 2021. Everyone knows of the Kinahan cartel, but this podcast reveals and dissects their ascent to the top of Irish gangland. Exhaustive investigative journalism brings new perspectives from contemporaries, the police force trying to catch them and the families of victims of their cruel reign. Hosted by our very own Damien Lane, a veteran journalist with decades of experience, with input from award-winning Crime Editor Stephen Breen and reporter Michael Doyle, who was inside the courtroom for the entire Regency trial, we are sure this podcast will enthral listeners and bring them fresh revelations.”

You can listen to The Kinahans podcast here on Spotify or Apple

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