The late Keith Branigan whose funeral took place in Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove today.
The Parish Priest for St Mary's Parish, Father Phil Gaffney, has pleaded for the men and women involved in the gangland feud in Drogheda to turn away from the path of violence.
“Our sorrow, can only be eased by men and women turning away from violence and observing the rule of law, particularly for those who could be planning revenge” he said.
Father Gaffney was speaking at the funeral of Keith Branigan, the man who was murdered last week at the Ashling Caravan Park in Clogherhead and the first fatality in the feud.
The funeral, which was attended by upwards of 300 people at The Holy Family Church in Ballsgrove, was the subject of a tight Garda security operation with armed support vehicles evident and a Garda helicopter circling overhead for much of the morning.
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Fr Gaffney said Branigan was a bubbly character who was “full of life” and who was loved deeply by his family. He spoke of the “torment and torture” that his widow Rachel and mother Iris have endured in the last week.
Recalling the visit of Pope John Paul 2 to Drogheda 40 years ago, Fr. Gaffney said: “Pope John Paul stood outside this town and asked the people of Ireland to turn away from violence.
"We find an echo of that in our Mass today. When will it stop?” he asked. “Who can make it stop?”
"Only the men and women of Drogheda who want a better future for their children.”
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