Friday 21 October 2016

'Breaking cycle of violence will take courage', priest tells Hutch mourners

Robin Schiller and Conor Feehan

Published 04/06/2016 | 02:30

The coffin of Gareth Hutch is carried from the Holy Family Church in Dublin yesterday (Picture: Mark Condren)
The coffin of Gareth Hutch is carried from the Holy Family Church in Dublin yesterday (Picture: Mark Condren)
A floral tribute to Gareth Hutch (Picture: Kyran O'Brien)

It takes courage to break the cycle of violence that has led to seven feud-related deaths, mourners at the funeral of Gareth Hutch were told.

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Hutch (35) was gunned down outside the Avondale House apartment complex in Dublin's north inner city almost two weeks ago.

His funeral took place at the Holy Family Church on Aughrim Street yesterday morning, where mourners were told how ending violence "is not easy".

Among the congregation was Ross Hutch (24), who was previously informed by detectives that there were credible threats against his life.

Ross's father, Eddie Hutch Snr, was shot dead in February as part of the deadly feud.

There was a strong garda presence outside the funeral, with members of the ERU and RSU patrolling the area.

Inside, the church was filled to capacity, and Hutch's coffin was carried in to the sound of 'How Deep Is Your Love?' by the Bee Gees.

Fr Paddy Madden addressed the topic of violence in his homily, as the Hutch family gathered for their third family funeral since last September.

"Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy. It needs courage, restraint, goodwill and right reason - and a desire for peace," he said.

"We pray that those who may find thoughts of peace or the possibility of working for peace difficult or impossible, that they may discover in the bonds of friendship the strength and support to overcome negative feelings. I know that the desire for peace is the springboard to a better future."

The deceased's sister read a poem, which said: "We never thought we'd see the day, when angels came to take you away.Our eyes are red, our hearts are sore, at not being able to see you anymore. Taken from us at such a young age, taken with violence and leaving us with rage.

"We will think of you and remember all the fun, with your year-long tan when there wasn't any sun."

A friend described Hutch as a loveable rogue and a character, with a smile that told you he knew something about you, and he was going to slag you over it.

"He was the biggest wind-up merchant you could ever meet. A trickster, a messer," he said.

Hutch's remains were carried from the church as 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' played.

The family escorted his coffin to the Drumalee estate off the North Circular Road, with an escort of three limousines, one last time - before turning back down Aughrim Street and travelling to Glasnevin cemetery for burial.

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