Mourners at Gareth Hutch funeral told: 'Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy'
Tributes to capital's latest gangland victim floral tributes and the releasing of doves
The funeral of slain gangland victim Gareth Hutch heard how his primary concern was to protect his son.
Fr Paddy Madden also told mourners today how Gareth’s parents are now “numbed by grief and sadness”.
Gareth’s father was called to receive the “chilling” news of his killing, he said, and both his parents are now left with the “painful reality” of grief.
“Life is precious, Sacred, God given; Gareth’s primary concern was for the safety, wellbeing, care and protection of his son,” Fr Madden said.
The 35-year-old father-of-one became the latest victim of the murderous Kinahan and Hutch feud when he was gunned down at point-blank range on Tuesday of last week as he left his home at Avondale House on North Cumberland Street.
Gareth, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was waked last night at his family home in the Drumalee estate on the North Circular Road in Dublin.
A lone piper led the funeral procession of Gareth Hutch as his remains were brought to the Holy Family Church in Aughrim Street in Dublin this morning.
The capital's latest gangland victim's coffin was carried from the top of the Drumalee estate, where Hutch grew up.
Ross Hutch, who has been informed his life is under threat as part of the feud, walked with his cousin’s coffin carrying a picture of Gareth. Ross’s father Eddie was murdered last February.
Scores of mourners arrived to pay their final respects to Gareth Hutch, before his body was moved to Glasnevin cemetery for burial.
Friends and family carried the coffin, which was accompanied by floral tributes reading 'neighbour' and 'brother'.
The BeeGee's 1977 hit 'How Deep Is Your Love?' was played as the coffin was brought into the church.
There was a round of applause as the coffin was brought into the church and doves were released.
There was a large Garda presence with uniform officers directing traffic while members of the Emergency Response Unit were positioned across from the church.
Members of the Public Order Unit were also on standby nearby, while undercover detectives were patrolling the area.
“We have here parents mourning their child, a painful reality, numbed by grief and sadness,” Fr Madden told mourners.
“A mother - who cherished her son and first loved him in the human order and a wider family bidding farewell: a father - who was called to receive news of his son’s shooting-chilling news no one wants to receive. Fear, pain, grief, anguish, bewilderment are experienced by the family.”
“Every tragedy has a human face. Beyond analysis, comment and speculation we have pain and tears.”
Fr Madden called for peace and a “hope-filled future”.
“My earnest prayer today is that we can begin to seek peace and not disaster and for a hope -filled future. I realise the necessity, indeed the urgency of praying for peace and healing,” he told mourners.
“Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy. It needs courage, restraint, goodwill and right reason: and a desire for peace.”
“We pray that those who may find thoughts of peace or possibility of working for peace difficult or impossible, that they may discover in the bonds of friendship, strength and support to overcome negative feelings. I know that the desire for peace is the springboard to a better future,” he said.
Gareth Hutch had known his life was under threat since the violent feud erupted following the killing of Kinahan kingpin David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on March 5.
The day before he was murdered he had met with local councillor Nial Ring to try and organise different accommodation because he felt his flat in Avondale House was not safe and that he would be gunned down in front of his young son.
Gareth Hutch is the third member of the family to die in a hail of bullets in the feud which started when his cousin Gary Hutch was murdered in Spain last September.
The killing of David Byrne at the Regency hotel on March 5 was seen as a reprisal for that murder, and a member of the Hutch family, Patrick Hutch junior (24) of Champions Avenue, has been charged in relation to that killing.
Three days after the Regency hotel murder Eddie Hutch senior (59), a brother of Gerry Hutch and uncle of Gareth, was shot dead in his home in Poplar Row in the north inner city.
He was seen as a soft target as he had no involvement in gangland crime but gunned down because he was a relative of Gerry Hutch.