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Friday, June 24, 2022

Tributes flood as reformed criminal and Love/Hate actor Stephen Clinch dies suddenly

Tributes poured in after the unexpected death of Love/Hate actor Stephen Clinch.

The actor, who played Noli in the hit TV series, was found dead in Dublin today.

Clinch (52), who recently served time for an armed robbery in real life, also starred as Bernard in the TV3 crime series Darklands.

“You made mistakes, but you came through them,” said Darklands director Mark O’Connor.

“An incredible actor, the only one to have starred in all my movies and Darklands. One of the funniest people you could ever meet. Never asked for anything and gave everything.

Today has lost one of its most genuine legends. Rip off my friend.”

Fellow actor Robbie Breen, who starred with him in Darklands, said: “He was a true character on and off set, may he rest in peace.”

Another acting industry source confirmed to TODAY that he was speaking to one of Clinch’s father’s three children and “they were all devastated”.

The clinic’s funeral will take place on Saturday morning at Our Lady Immaculate Church in Dardandale, followed by cremation at Dardistown Cemetery.

The Millbrook Grove, Kilbarracks actor was released from prison in 2019 after he was released from prison in 2016 for holding a loaded semi-automatic pistol over the head of a security worker and trying to rob €50,000 in Dublin had gone.

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The actor from Kilbarracks in North Dublin pleaded guilty to a robbery at The Gate Hotel on Parnell Street on May 11, 2015, and of employing a fireman with intent to commit robbery.

He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for his involvement in the robbery.

He later said that his return to crime after a 14-year break was the “stupidest thing he had ever done”.

“I was quite satisfied in my life, I was getting good work. I was getting a good film job, I was doing all the cool stuff, everything was great for me and then I went back to that madness, you know? He said in an interview shortly after his release.

“Maybe the zeal to do stuff like this? I don’t know. I was just a stupid bastard, just a stupid, stupid, stupid bastard.”

He confirmed that he was on methadone at the time of the raid, but was off when he was released from prison.

The clinch with another man trying to rob the Gate Hotel was caught on CCTV.

The Circuit Criminal Court heard that Clinch had a history of heroin addiction and previous convictions for 17 robbery and 13 burglary offenses. These offenses date back to 2004.

The court also heard that Clinch told officers that he had been heroin-free for nine years and did not know the gun was loaded and did not want to commit a robbery.

Clinch said he was owed €8,000 as a result of the discovery of a consignment of drugs given to him in disguise.

Garda Niall McCormack told the court that the gun used in the raid had been altered to release live ammunition and was in reasonable condition.

He said the 9mm bullets were however not suitable for the gun.

Several celebrities vouched for the actor in court.

Director and writer Mark O’Connor had made four films with Clinch and they became good friends.

He said that it was wonderful to work with him and he never looked for money for the films he made.

Love/Hate author Stuart Carolan testifies on his behalf.

Singer Damien Dempsey said he had known Clinch all his life and had instructed locals in music and acting and also warned them against the horrors of drunkenness.

Clinch’s other films included Cardboard Gangsters, The Legend of Harry and Ambrose and King of the Travelers, while he also starred in a reality TV show, Rebirth: The Story of Stephen Clinch, which gave an insight into his troubled past, including He spent about half that. life in prison.

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