Gene Kerrigan: Grief, deep as it was, was sidelined for a while
Love, curiosity and solidarity brought huge crowds to brutally murdered Alan Ryan's funeral, writes Gene Kerrigan
THERE were two cute little girls cavorting in front of the church. The younger one had a Tricolour wrapped tightly around her. The taller one wore her Tricolour like a cape, letting it fly behind her as she skipped.
The funeral was late. Scheduled for 10 o'clock Mass at the Holy Trinity church in Donaghmede, it was a couple of minutes to 11 when a bagpipe could be heard in the distance.
Alan Ryan was a prominent supporter of the Real IRA. He was shot dead a short walk north of his home, in the area where his mother also lived. The church to which his remains were coming is a slightly longer walk south-west of his home. It is the church where he was baptised, made his Communion, and his Confirmation.