TRAGIC Ciaran Noonan made a "series of wrong choices" and was "exploited by the wrong people", mourners at his funeral were told today.
Hundreds gathered with the family of the murdered father-of-one to say their final farewell this morning - among those paying their respects was Finglas man Alan Bradley.
Ciaran was abducted and killed on October 20 by drug dealers. His body was discovered in a ditch in a field near Trim, Co Meath, on November 4.
A truck bearing a banner ‘RIP Ciaran, Always remembered by all your mates’ passed by the church as a tribute to the truck lover and much-loved son.
Fr Derek Darby paid tribute to Ciaran, who was a “sociable and loveable” son of Geraldine and Willie. “He made a serious of wrong choices and he was exploited by the wrong people.”
Fr Darby added: “He never wanted to hurt anyone and he tried on numerous occasions to overcome [his heroin addiction].
“Trucking was his lifeline; he enjoyed the freedom that it brought.”
Ciaran’s death was “morally wrong and indefensible”, Fr Darby said. “The family implore people to instill in their children the confidence to say no.”
Ciaran’s mum Geraldine was visibly devastated in the Church of St Luke the Evangelist in Mulhuddart as she said goodbye to her beloved son whom she had tried to protect from drugs.
Fr Darby said he was “astounded at the strength of Geraldine, Willie and the family as they waited and waited for news of Ciaran’s return”. He spoke of the “devastation of the last two weeks”. Ciaran had been a sociable and loveable comedian growing up who loved getting up to “harmless fun”, said Fr Darby.
He said Ciaran was generous and would give the shirt off his back for anyone and he was also a devoted father to “his princess”, his nine-year-old daughter.
Touching hymns such as Amazing Grace and You Raise Me Up resounded through the packed church. “His own personal struggle is over,” Fr Darby said.
Lettered wreaths with the words ‘Dad’ and ‘Bro’ paid tribute to Ciaran and a photo of him smiling lay on the coffin through the ceremony.
Ciaran’s kidnapping happened in broad daylight in East Wall on October 20 and his brutal killing sent shockwaves throughout the city.
The ceremony was extremely emotional and Ciaran Noona’s burial took place in St Declan’s Cemetery in Ashbourne, Co Meath.