Monday 21 January 2019

Funeral arrangements for feud victim Derek Coakley Hutch released

Derek Coakley Hutch
Derek Coakley Hutch

Sean Nolan

The funeral of the 14th victim of the Hutch/Kinahan feud, Derek Coakley Hutch, will take place on Wednesday in Dublin.

Coakley Hutch (27), who is not regarded as a major player in the murderous hostilities, was shot dead while he was sitting alone in a car at Bridgeview halting site in Ronanstown, west Dublin on Saturday January 20.

According to an announcement on Derek Hutch will repose at home on Tuesday January 30 before removal on Wednesday to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street for a funeral mass at 11am.

Burial afterwards will be at Glasnevin cemetery.

Nathan Coakley Hutch will not be given temporary release to attend his murdered brother's funeral because of fears that prison officers accompanying him could be targeted, the Herald revealed earlier this week.

However, a large crowd will be expected as 300 attended a candlelight vigil for Hutch on Thursday night.

Relatives of Derek Coakley Hutch gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street, as hundreds of mourners from the Dublin 1 community joined them at the poignant event. 

It is understood that the officers present during the march were part of the Community Policing Unit from Store Street and Mountjoy Garda Station.

They were also supported by the Armed Support Unit. 

The large congregation walked a short distance to Buckingham Street where they held a moments silence at a monument dedicated to those who have died of drug abuse. 

When the moment of silence ended, the crowd sang in harmony to Gerry and the Pacemakers’ ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

A round of applause then echoed throughout the D1 street as close friends and family of Coakley Hutch burst into tears.

One woman cried “We love you, Derek”, while another man shouted “You’ll never be forgotten, Del Boy”.

A number of lanterns were then released into the night’s sky as the vigil came to a close. 

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