Hundreds pay their respects to Regency Hotel shooting victim

Monday 15 February 2016 18.17
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Mourners follow the hearse carrying the remains of David Byrne
Mourners follow the hearse carrying the remains of David Byrne
Gardaí maintained a presence with a small number of uniformed officers on duty in and around the church
Gardaí maintained a presence with a small number of uniformed officers on duty in and around the church
David Byrne died in a gun attack at the Regency Hotel in Dublin
David Byrne died in a gun attack at the Regency Hotel in Dublin
There was a notable garda presence near the church
There was a notable garda presence near the church

The funeral mass of David Byrne, the man who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel in Dublin ten days ago, has been held in Dublin.

Mr Byrne, 33, died in a gun attack at the north city hotel last Friday week.

Security checks were carried out at the St Nicholas of Myra church on Francis Street where the funeral mass took place. He was later laid to rest at Mount Jerome Cemetery.

The cortege was led by a lone piper and the coffin was carried into the church by mourners this afternoon.

Gardaí maintained a presence with a small number of uniformed officers on duty in and around the church.

Earlier, gardaí said they did not expect trouble but were taking precautions in light of the ongoing feud which has resulted in the death of three people.

Uniformed gardaí were on duty on streets in the area from early morning following yesterday's security sweeps in the church and along the route of the cortege. The bomb squad was called in to carry out some of the checks.

Several units of armed detectives were on foot on the narrow streets around the church.

Additional heavily armed teams from the Emergency Response Unit circled the area in cars and jeeps before and during the mass. The garda helicopter was deployed overhead.

It is believed Daniel Kinahan and his brother Christy Junior - who flew into Dublin Airport last night - were among the mourners.

Their father is Christy Kinahan senior, 58, originally from Dublin's south inner city - who was arrested in a mansion in Spain in 2010 as part of an investigation into an international drugs and money laundering racket.

Kinahan senior has not been charged.

Son Daniel, who manages boxers out of the MGM Marbella gym, had been in the Regency for the weigh-in when the shooting happened.

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 senior, 55, and also Gerry Hutch.

The funeral of Mr Hutch senior, who was shot dead last Monday night, is due to take place later this week.