Community urged to 'keep each other safe'
AN inner-city community was urged to rally together to keep each other safe as they gathered to remember a "real gentleman" who was gunned down in his home.
Paddy Mooney (58) was shot dead alongside his friend Brendan Molyneaux as they sat in his flat in Pearse House in Dublin's south-inner city earlier this month.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Andrew's Church in Westland Row to bid a final farewell to the murder victim, who was described as a "joker and a character".
In a moving tribute to her friend, Christine Hughes told how she got to know Paddy when he began working in the gardens at Miss Carr's children's home on Northbrook Road 35 years ago.
"He was a real gentleman, kind courteous and caring. Some say Paddy was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But we say he was in his own home, sitting in his own chair.
"To Paddy, we want to say it was a privilege being part of your life," she said to rapturous applause.
Paddy is survived by his sons, Anthony and Stephen, his brothers, Myles and Thomas, his sisters, Margaret, Ann and Mary, his sister-in-law, Caroline, and other family members.
They heard how he was born and lived all his life in the Pearse Street area, where he had a wide circle of friends and neighbours.
Parish priest, Fr John Gilligan, said Paddy was a jolly sort of man who liked nothing more than taking a walk to Dun Laoghaire Pier, going for a few pints and chatting with friends.
"(His death) asks all of us about the gift of life. Do we see life as a gift? And, in this case, life has been so cheaply taken."
Fr Gilligan said the community now needed to come together to keep each other safe.
A man has been charged with the murder of Paddy and Mr Molyneaux (46). Gary Howard (22), of Dunsoghley Grove, in Finglas, appeared in Cloverhill District Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody until February 18 for service of the book of evidence in the case.