'You were just the best...' - Tributes left outside Regency on David Byrne anniversary
FAMILY and friends of David Byrne paid tribute to him on the first anniversary of his murder at the Regency Hotel while armed gardai patrolled nearby amid fears of more retaliation.
It had been suggested that a memorial mass for the 34-year-old would taken place at St Nicholas of Myra Church on Francis Street in Dublin - the same church where his funeral took place a year ago.
However, David Byrne was not mentioned in the Mass leaflet or during the service.
Byrne - who was a key figure in the Kinahan cartel - was gunned down on February 5 2016 in a revenge attack for the murder of Gary Hutch, a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.
Earlier today, family members had paid tribute by leaving flowers and balloons near the Regency Hotel.
"This time last year you were brutally murdered in a place you should have been safe," one tribute read.
"Our whole life has changed since you're gone. The life and soul of our family. You lit up a room the minute you walked into it.
"Your smile says it all. Every photo we have you're smiling.
"You were the best son, father, brother, uncle and friend anybody could ask for. No words could even describe how much I miss you. Love you so so much."
Another read: "You're missed so much by everybody. You were just the best and I just cannot believe it".
Gardai and detectives also patrolled close to Byrne's graveside at Mount Jerome Cemetery this afternoon.
Byrne's murder was the spark which ignited the Kinahan-Hutch feud, which has claimed the lives of at least 11 in the past year.
Some of the feud's other victims include father-of-five Eddie Hutch, who was gunned down at his home on Poplar Row on the night of February 8 last year, just three days after the Regency attack.