Wednesday 18 July 2018

Gangland victim was 'the happiest, most carefree person you could meet', funeral told

Mourners at the funeral of shooting victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (inset)
Mourners at the funeral of shooting victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (inset)
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man shot dead in a gangland attack on a Dublin street has been remembered today as as someone who had a big smile, a contagious laugh, and who would do anything for his family.

Jamie Tighe Ennis (24) was gunned down in front of his friends on Moatview Avenue in Coolock in the early hours of Saturday October 28.

He was a close associate of the chief suspect in the double killing of mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally (48) and innocent locksmith Clinton Shannon (30) in Ballymun north Dublin in August.

Gardai are investigating if he was murdered as retaliation for those murders but other motives are also possible because Tighe had links to a number of different criminals.

He has previous convictions for assaulting gardaí and for firearms offences, and was before the courts last year in relation to a firearms charge.

At the Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Darndale a large number of family, friends and neighbors gathered this morning before he was laid to rest.

Victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (24) who was shot on a footpath on Moatview Avenue, Coolock
Victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (24) who was shot on a footpath on Moatview Avenue, Coolock

In his homily parish priest Fr Leo Philomin said nobody had the right to take the life of another person.

“We gather because someone somewhere thought it was right to take the life of another. Someone somewhere thought it was right to deprive a family of a son, a brother, an uncle, a nephew,” he said.

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A cousin of Jamie’s named Stuart told of how they grew up together more like brothers.

He told of how Jamie loved animals, and joked about getting a crocodile as a pet.

“Jamie was the happiest, most carefree person you could meet. He had the biggest smile and a laugh that was contagious,” he said.

During the prayers of the faithful, a member of the family prayed for victims of violence.

“Lord, we remember all those whose lives have been cut short by violence. Give them peace and grant them eternal rest,” she prayed.

Friends form a guard of honour on motorcycles pictured at the funeral of 24 year old Jamie Tighe Ennis
Friends form a guard of honour on motorcycles pictured at the funeral of 24 year old Jamie Tighe Ennis

Outside the church more than a dozen of Tighe Ennis’s friends performed burnouts on their motorbikes and revved the engines to the limits, creating a noisy and smokey tribute of their own to him.

His remains were then brought to Fingal cemetery for burial.

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