THESE are the scenes as family and friends paid their respects to shooting victim Stephen 'Dougie' Moran at a church in Lucan, Dublin, last night.
Hundreds of mourners – some carrying tricolour flags on their cars – followed the hearse and casket containing the remains of Moran.
Moran's partner Natasha Carberry, his parents, and family were the chief mourners at the evening removal service at the Church of Divine Mercy.
Moran stepped into the shoes as 'minder' for gangland boss John Gilligan on a number of occasions since Gilligan's release from prison.
Gardai suspect Moran was assassinated by the same gang that shot and wounded Gilligan exactly two weeks before the killing.
Moran was gunned down as he walked from his bullet-proof BMW 4x4 vehicle to his heavily fortified home at Earlsfort Estate in Lucan on March 15.
Sources said Moran was shot by a lone gunman in 'a professional manner' who fled in a car that was later found abandoned and burned out not far from the scene.
His murder was the first time the extended Limerick-based McCarthy-Dundon gang have lost a blood relation to gunmen. Parish priest Fr Eamonn Bourke participated in the service which included scripture readings.
Inside the church, parish deacon Joe Walsh conducted the removal service. He welcomed Natasha and Moran's parents and siblings and relations, naming several of them as he called for prayers for 'Dougie' and his grieving family.
Unsurprisingly, one person who was not present was convicted criminal Gilligan, who speedily left his hospital bed to travel to England within hours of hearing of Moran's killing.
It is now believed the pint-sized gangster has checked himself into a private hospital in the UK as he requires further treatment for his wounds.
His requiem Mass was scheduled to take place at 11am today.