DUBLIN (AP) — Members of Ireland's biggest drug-trafficking gang have mourned the loss of one their henchmen as police brace for more attacks in a tit-for-tat war between two camps of killers.
A heavy police presence ensured no trouble at Monday's funeral Mass for David Byrne, who was shot to death by a rival gang 10 days ago as he and associates attended a boxing weigh-in ceremony at a Dublin hotel. Byrne's gang was blamed for a retaliatory killing three days later.
The 34-year-old's funeral cortege through the working-class Liberties district of Dublin featured motorcycle outriders, a fleet of 10 Mercedes limousines and three horse-drawn carts bearing floral tributes to Byrne.
Police bomb-sniffing dogs screened St. Nicolas of Myra Catholic Church ahead of the service and a police surveillance aircraft flew overhead.