Gangland godfather's funeral to be attended by gardai
GARDAI will maintain a discreet presence at the funeral today of gangland godfather Eamon Kelly, who was shot dead near his Dublin home last week.
The body of the gangland boss was brought back to his home at Furry Park Road in Killester on the northside of the capital yesterday evening to be waked.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Brigid's Church in Killester this morning, followed by a cremation ceremony at Glasnevin crematorium.
Kelly (65) was murdered by a Real IRA gang and the incident is being linked to an ongoing feud between the terrorist faction and organised crime gangs in the city.
Kelly was suspected of acting as a mentor to a number of gangland bosses – including the two who are said to have organised the hit on Real IRA faction leader Alan Ryan in Clongriffin in September.
One of the two is currently missing from his usual haunts while the other returned to Dublin late last week after spending a couple of months in Spain.
Both of them have their bases on the northside of Dublin but one had moved home to county Cavan in recent years.
A large number of figures from Kelly's colourful past are expected to attend the funeral.
Gardai said last night that they did not anticipate any trouble at the funeral and would adopt a low profile there.
One man has already been charged with Kelly's murder. Six others were arrested at the weekend and questioned about the shooting.
Files are now being prepared by investigating gardai for the Director of Public Prosecutions.