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Dublin's latest gangland victim laid to rest

A LARGE group of mourners gathered at a north Dublin church for the funeral of the capital's latest gangland murder victim.

Paul 'Ralph' Gallagher was this morning remembered as the king of one-liners and a man with a glint in his eye as his family said farewell to the dad-of-one who was shot dead last week.

Gallagher (26), from Newbrook Avenue in Donaghmede, was lured to his death in a Co Meath field in the early hours of last Tuesday morning and shot at least three times in the chest in a drugs-related murder.

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His body was found in open farmland at Ballymacon, Co Meath at 5pm on Wednesday and sources say that the drug dealer was set up by people he trusted.

The Donaghmede man was on bail and due to face trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court next year on 12 charges of possession of cocaine, heroin and cannabis for sale or supply.

He had served a number of short jail sentences including a stretch from October 2011 to August 2012 for several minor criminal offences.

Gallagher was arrested and questioned in February of last year about the murder of Alan Ryan in September 2012, but was not considered a suspect.

A large gathering of family, friends and neighbours attended the funeral service in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede today.

The priest told the mourners that the horror of Paul's death can not and must not be let obliterate all the love that was in his life.

Gifts brought to the altar included a baseball cap, a mobile phone, and a picture drawn by his young son Chase on his first day in primary school.

In a heart-breaking scene the little boy brought the drawing up to the altar.

Gallagher was mourned by his mother Ger, brothers Alan and Mark, sister Marie, partner Maria, son Chase and his mother Claire.

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