'We had the perfect little family and so much plans for the future' - partner of Vincent Ryan
Partner cradles baby daughter as gangland victim Ryan laid to rest
Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30
Scores of armed gardaí kept watch as the Tricolour-covered coffin of gangland victim Vincent Ryan was taken to its final resting place.
Complete with white shirts and black ties, a colour party led mourners to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede, Dublin.
His partner, Kelly Smyth, told how their last conversation was about marriage.
"We had the perfect little family and so much plans for the future. You wanted more kids and to get married... We would laugh and joke and you would tell me you would get dance lessons for our wedding," she said.
"Now we will never have that day, or any day," she added, saying that he would miss their daughter's first words and steps, birthdays and Christmases.
Ms Smyth kissed a photograph of Ryan (25) while holding their six-week-old daughter, and then placed it on his coffin.
While Ryan's family have said he had not reported back to the IRA after coming out of prison, his funeral had many of the displays of a paramilitary send-off.
In many ways the funeral was a replica of his brother Alan's in 2012, but without the volley of shots over the coffin as it left the house.
Uniformed gardaí, supported by back-up from the Armed Response Unit and the Special Detective Unit, were out in massive numbers with sniffer dogs searching for suspect devices among the headstones at Fingal Cemetery.
As the coffin arrived at the cemetery it was shouldered to the grave, the flag removed and folded, and then presented to one of the mourners.
A song was sung at the graveside, and the coffin was lowered. Ryan's father and murdered brother Alan are buried in the same location.
Alan was the leader of the Real IRA in Dublin, and gardaí believe he was gunned down by a notorious north Dublin drugs gang he had crossed.
The same gang is also believed to have been targeting Vinnie Ryan.
He had been warned by gardaí on numerous occasions that his life was under threat. He was shot dead on McKee Road in Finglas last week.
He was previously arrested by gardaí investigating the 2011 murder of criminal Michael 'Micka' Kelly, who was nicknamed 'The Panda'. But he was cleared by the Special Criminal Court of charges of possession of an assault rifle and a handgun on the day Kelly was shot dead.