Sunday 11 December 2016

Family of Eddie Hutch Snr tell funeral they want cycle of gangland violence to stop

'Nobody deserves to die in the way Neddy died' - hundreds pay final respects to 'good man' Eddie Hutch Snr

Published 19/02/2016 | 11:29

The coffin is carried into Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
The coffin is carried into Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
The coffin is carried to the church at the funeral of Eddie Hutch at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin.
The coffin is carried into Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
The coffin is carried into Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
The pallbearers carry the coffin into the church at the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead last week.
General view of hearse being carried to church.
Mourners arrive at Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
The coffin is carried to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, for the funeral of Eddie Hutch, Dublin.
General view of hearse being carried to church.
The coffin is carried to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, for the funeral of Eddie Hutch, Dublin.
The funeral procession leaves the home of Eddie Hutch senior.
The funeral of Eddie Hutch (snr).
The remains of Eddie Hutch (snr) are brought to his funeral mass.
The coffin of Eddie Hutch senior is carried from his home.
The remains of Eddie Hutch (snr) are brought to his funeral mass.
The remains of Eddie Hutch (Snr) are brought to his funeral mass this morning.
Gardai and emergency services on the streets of inner city Dublin before the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead last week.
The Garda helicopter over Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin where the funeral of Eddie hutch took place.
Garda sniffer dogs patrol the area around Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin before the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
Cllr Christy Burke arrives at house on Portland row before coffin is brought to church.

The family of Eddie Hutch Snr have asked for the cycle of gangland violence to stop.

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Hundreds gathered in Dublin's north inner city for to pay their final respects to the gangland victim who was shot dead in his home in Portland Row, Ballybough almost two weeks ago.

The father-of-five, a brother of convicted criminal Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was attacked just three days after Crumlin native David Byrne (34) was killed in the Regency Hotel shooting. He was described as a 'soft target'.

He is the second victim of gangland violence in the family in less than a year. His nephew Gary Hutch was killed in a shooting in the Costa del Sol, Spain last September. The 34-year-old was gunned down beside a swimming pool in an apartment complex.

The coffin is carried into Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.
The coffin is carried into Our of Lourdes Church in Dublin for the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead in the north inner city last week.

Fr Richard Ebejer addressed the congregation at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sean McDermott Street this morning and said the Hutch family have asked that they be no retaliation for the murder.

The family made the same plea following the murder of Gary Hutch, the killing which is believed to have marked the beginning of the latest outbreak of gangland violence.

The remains of Eddie Hutch (Snr) are brought to his funeral mass this morning.
The remains of Eddie Hutch (Snr) are brought to his funeral mass this morning.

"...one does not want to seek revenge or to have retaliation," the funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr heard this morning.

"This is what the family had asked for, right from the very beginning, that there will be no retaliation.

The remains of Eddie Hutch (snr) are brought to his funeral mass.
The remains of Eddie Hutch (snr) are brought to his funeral mass.

"This is indeed ‘goodness’ in the face of evil.

"They now call on everybody for this cycle of violence to stop, and to stop now."

Gardai and emergency services on the streets of inner city Dublin before the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead last week.
Gardai and emergency services on the streets of inner city Dublin before the funeral of Eddie Hutch senior who was shot dead last week.

"Nobody deserves to die in the way Neddy died", he added.

The priest described the 59-year-old taxi driver as a 'good man' who loved a 'good joke'.

His funeral cortege left his sister's family home on Portland Row shortly before 10.30am this morning.

Several floral displays paid tribute to the gangland victim.

The remains of Eddie Hutch (snr) are brought to his funeral mass.
The remains of Eddie Hutch (snr) are brought to his funeral mass.

Flowers spelling out the words 'Dad' and 'Uncle' were laid alongside the coffin in the hearse, while displays reading 'Grandad' were placed on top of the vehicle before it left Portland Row for the church on Sean Mac Dermott Street.  

And in a moving tribute to the taxi driver, Eddie Hutch's taxi sign was placed on top of the coffin before it was carried into the church.

The coffin of Eddie Hutch senior is carried from his home.
The coffin of Eddie Hutch senior is carried from his home.

"The Goodness of the inner city is nourished by faith," Fr Ebejer told the congregation.

"We see it in Neddy, who was basically a good man, who would as a taxi driver, wait on elderly ladies as they did their errands, he would share a good joke and was the life of a party, and he was good company in the pub.

"He did not deserve to die in this manner."

The coffin arrives at the funeral of Eddie Hutch at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin.
The coffin arrives at the funeral of Eddie Hutch at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin.
The Garda helicopter over Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin where the funeral of Eddie hutch took place.
The Garda helicopter over Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin where the funeral of Eddie hutch took place.

Fr Ebejer read a gospel that he said "was not chosen in particular for this sad occasion, but it does speak to the reality we are facing."

The priest alluded to the recent increase in gangland violence in the capital, a situation he said that has 'shocked the whole nation'.

He said: "We are all aware of the circumstances of Neddy’s death, circumstances that have spiralled out of control, circumstances that have left families grieving in shock and pain, circumstances that have shocked the whole nation.

The coffin is carried to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, for the funeral of Eddie Hutch, Dublin.
The coffin is carried to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mc Dermott Street, for the funeral of Eddie Hutch, Dublin.

"All vengeful violence is to be condemned in the strongest terms possible, wherever it comes from. It only degrades the humanity of those who carry it out.

"Nobody deserves to die in the way that Neddy died," he repeated.

Speaking about the area in which the Hutch family lived, he said inner city Dublin has a 'great history' of people looking out for one another when times get hard.

"It would be a tragedy if we were to lose that sense of good Dublin values," he added.

He concluded his sermon by saying: "May Neddy Hutch rest in Peace; may God have mercy on his soul, and reward him for his goodness, real Dublin goodness!"

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