The funeral of murdered teenager Keane Mulready-Woods has taken place Drogheda, Co Louth.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to say goodbye to the 17-year-old who was murdered last month.

Some of the congregation wore t-shirts with his photograph on the front.

Parish Priest Fr Phil Gaffney said today had brought a huge sense of relief to Keane's family, especially his parents Elizabeth and Barry and his three brothers and sister, who had finally been able to bury his remains.

Fr Gaffney told mourners that along with great anger and sadness, there is "great fear and pain" at the thought we live in a society where certain people took it upon themselves to be "judge, jury and executioner".

"What arrogance, what appalling wickedness and evil", he told the mourners. 

He said Keane was lost "in the most gruesome way" to his family. 

Fr Gaffney said the murder had brought about an unparalleled level of revulsion not only in Drogheda but across the country and beyond.

He said Keane "had his troubles and was young and naive enough to fall in with the wrong people, not knowing or anticipating the dire consequences".

Fr Gaffney said he hoped the teenager's death was a warning to other teenagers who are being groomed by ruthless criminals that the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in tragedy.

He said Keane's association with them "sadly led to the inhuman, unthinkable way in which a young life should end."

In a message for Keane's friends, Fr Gaffney urged them to "learn from his mistakes, getting involved with dangerous criminals, thinking some of them were his friends and yet they would sacrifice him in such a brutal manner".

He offered the family love and reassurance and said that everyone wants to "pray with you for Keane".

Fr Gaffney said the feud in Drogheda "has to end sometime", but "drugs have become extremely easy for young people to obtain".

He said the feud should be a wake up call for "all of us as a society to realise that actions have consequences", and that "drug taking, doing a line of coke, has becoming as normal as having a drink".

Appealing for an end to violence, Fr Gaffney said gardaí have been doing their best and they deserve all the help they can get.

He ended his homily with a quote from the late Séamus Mallon - "The only weapons that should ever be used in this community is words".

Gardaí believe Keane was murdered in Drogheda on 12 January and remains discovered in a bag in Coolock in north Dublin on 13 January were later confirmed as those of the teenager.

Two days later more remains were discovered in a stolen car found ablaze on a laneway near Croke Park in Dublin's north inner city.

DNA testing confirmed they were also those of the teenager.

A number of searches have been carried out, mostly recently in the Oldbridge area outside of Drogheda, but gardaí said no further remains have been recovered.

Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell has called for the new government to make a clear statement of how it is going to address criminality in the town.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime he reiterated his call for better policing in the community and for more investment in a multi-agency approach to deal with the ongoing drug feud in the town and wider area.

Mr Bell said communities which have been worst hit by the local drugs trade made requests a number of years ago for basic support, like the use of CCTV and better public lighting.