Priest who baptised victim's son recalls 'quiet man'
THE priest who baptised murdered man Michael Kelly's oldest child said the 27-year-old father of three had been a quiet teenager who never stood out and was always very friendly and full of life.
Fr Sean McArdle, a priest at St Theresa's Church on Donore Avenue in Dublin 8, has been saying Mass for over 20 years in the church which is just a few hundred yards from the St Teresa's Gardens flat complex where Michael Kelly grew up.
Fr McArdle said he spoke to Dublin's latest gangland victim as recently as two months ago.
"I would have known him mostly when he was teenager. He was a normal teenager who never stood out at all. He was a quiet young man but always very friendly. I remember him as always being full of life and he would always make an effort to speak with you if you happened to meet somewhere," Fr McArdle said.
The priest said he knew Mr Kelly's parents and had baptised his oldest son, now seven, in St Teresa's Church.
"There have been several incidents like this with young people from the area. It's sad when you knew them when they were young and full of life and something like this happens."
"Obviously he did get into some difficulty later in his life but nobody at all deserves what happened to him. With this kind of thing in the past, there would have been some 'fisti-cuffs' and that would be the end of it. It's not like that anymore," he told the Irish Independent. "There's just no understanding it."