Wednesday 22 February 2017

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

Published 09/09/2012 | 05:00

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.

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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.

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