Thursday 29 September 2016

'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

Kelly Smyth walks with her buggy as the remains of Vinnie Ryan are carried to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede, Dublin
Kelly Smyth walks with her buggy as the remains of Vinnie Ryan are carried to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede, Dublin
Vincent Ryan
An armed garda at the funeral.

Scores of armed gardaí kept watch as the Tricolour-covered coffin of gangland victim Vincent Ryan was taken to its final resting place.

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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.

Mourners at the funeral of Vinny Ryan, inset
Mourners at the funeral of Vinny Ryan, inset
The funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
Armed Gardai at the funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
The funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
The remains of Vinnie Ryan are brought to his funeral mass in Donaghmede
The funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
The funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
The funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
The funeral of Vinny Ryan arriving at The Church of The Trinity at Donaghmede
Family and friends carry the remains of Vincemt Ryan past a motor bike guard of honour on their way to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
The remains of Vinnie Ryan are brought to his funeral mass in Donaghmede
Gardai at Fingal Cemetery this morning, inset, Vinny Ryan
Shot dead: Vinnie Ryan Photo: Collins Courts
Gardai stand near the plot where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal cemetery.
The plot where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal cemetery
The Garda dog unit near the plot where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal cemetery.
The Garda dog unit near the plot where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal Cemetery
Gardai stand near the plot where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal Cemetery
The Garda dog unit near the plot where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal cemetery.
Gardai maintain a high presence in the cemetary where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal cemetery
Armed gardai are pictured as the funeral cortege of Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead over a week ago, makes its way from his home to the Church of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins
Gardai maintain a high presence at the cemetery where Vinny Ryan will be buried alongside his brother at Fingal cemetery
A bike with Vinny's Ryan's initials and date of birth at his funeral.
The funeral cortege of Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead over a week ago, makes its way from his home to the Church of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. Photo: Colin Keegan
Gardai operate checkpoints as the funeral cortege of Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead over a week ago, makes its way from his home to the Church of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. Photo: Colin Keegan
08/03/16 Gardai mount checkpoints as THe funeral cortege of Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead over a week ago, makes its way from his home to the Church of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede this morning for his funeral Mass.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Armed gardai on the street as the funeral cortege of Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead over a week ago, makes its way from his home to the Church of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

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.

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