ARMY bomb experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a pipe bomb found close to the grave of murdered Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.
The pipe bomb discovery comes just three days after a Republican commemoration took place in the cemetery for the slain crime boss.
The device was found by a member of the public at Fingal Cemetery in Balgriffin shortly before 1pm.
The bomb was discovered at the opposite end of the graveyard to Alan Ryan’s grave.
A Defence Forces spokesman said that the army team “arrived on scene at 2.20 pm”.
“A cordon and traffic restrictions were put in place for public safety. The device was then taken to an open green area nearby and made safe via a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 3.50 pm.
“There were no graves or gravestones damaged in the course of this operation,” the spokesperson added.
On Saturday, associates of the murdered crime boss held a commemoration service to mark the first anniversary of his death.
Some 300 people marched from Ryan’s home on Grange Abbey Drive in nearby Donaghmede to the cemetery which is just off the Malahide Road in the north of the city.
Dissident republican Derek Nolan was among the crowd, which saw a number of women dressed in ‘uniform’ of a black skirt, tie, sunglasses and a beret.
Dermot Ryan gave a graveside eulogy during which he described his older brother as a “true republican” who “did more for the community than our Government could”.
He told the crowd his brother was focused on “ridding Irish streets of drugs”.
Scores of uniformed gardai patrolled the event, with senior officers saying they were “satisfied” with the manner in which it had been policed.
Just one man was arrested in connection with a public order offence at the controversial commemoration.
Prior to the march, there had been real fears that trouble could be afoot after Ryan’s grave was vandalised in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The words ‘rat’ and ‘scum’ were daubed across the gravestone in red paint.
A picture of father-of-one Ryan was also etched off the memorial.
Members of the Ryan family scrubbed the headstone once they discovered it had been desecrated. .
Sources have refused to rule out the possibility that the desecration of the head stone was ordered by those suspected of being behind Ryan's murder.
"It's no coincidence that this was carried out on the very day Ryan's crowd came out in force to commemorate him," a source explained.
Ryan was shot dead last year in Clongriffin, a short distance away from his family home on Grange Abbey.
His funeral saw hundreds of people attend and march to Balgriffin, a number of whom were in ‘paramilitary uniform’.
Associates of Ryan also placed black flags in Donaghmede.
A volley of shots was fired over his coffin as it was being carried from his family home.
This led to a vast garda crackdown on militants.