The Dublin funeral which prompted the Irish government to put the Army on standby passed peacefully on Monday
Murder victim David Byrne (34) was murdered by six gunmen dressed in SWAT outfits at a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel on Dublin’s north side two weeks ago on February 5.
Some 500 mourners attended the funeral at the church of St Nicolas of Myra on Francis Street in Dublin 8 on Monday.
Gardai believe the associate of Spain-based Irish businessman Christy Kinahan, 58, was murdered in retaliation for the shooting dead of Gary Hutch, a nephew of Gerry Hutch, on the Costa del Sol last September.
Three days later Eddie Hutch, 55, the innocent taxi driver brother of Gerry Hutch, known locally as the Monk was murdered.
The funeral on Monday heard how Mr. Byrne was a dedicated family man and dad. Crowds of people lined the streets for the funeral.+7
Presiding priest Fr Niall Coghlan asked if the killers would still have murdered Mr Byrne if they had seen the film of his life shown at the funeral which portrayed him as a loving partner and father. Huge numbers of Gardai kept press photographers and cameramen about 150 metres from the church gates.
There were three horse drawn carriages, carrying floral tributes, one of which was designed in the shape of a boxing ring.
Uniformed gardai were on duty on streets in the area from early morning following earlier security sweeps in the church and along the funeral route which included the Army bomb squad.
Several units of armed detectives were on foot on the narrow streets around the church as were armed teams from the Garda Siochana’s Emergency Response Unit. A Garda helicopter flew overhead.
Irish newspapers, whose reporters have been threatened for their coverage of the gangland feud, reported that Christy Kinahan’s sons Daniel and Christy Junior flew into Dublin from Spain on Sunday night and were among the mourners.
Christy Kinahan senior was arrested in in Spain in 2010 as part of an investigation into an international drugs and money laundering racket but has not been charged.
His son Daniel, who manages boxers out of the MGM Marbella gym, had been in the Regency for the weigh-in when the gunmen struck in front of hundreds of people. The Kinahans are understood to be embroiled in a bitter feud with the Hutch family which turned bloody last September when Gary Hutch was shot dead in Spain.
He was a nephew of the latest gangland victim Eddie Hutch and also Gerry Hutch.