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This morning.

The remains of father-of-five taxi driver Eddie Hutch arriving at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin. They were taken from his sister’s house on Portland Row to his funeral. Mr Hutch was shot dead at his home last Monday week. He is the brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

Pic: Anon

UPDATE:

Meanwhile…

On the Today with Seán O’Rourke show earlier, Irish Daily Mail and Sunday Times columnist Brenda Power spoke about the recent funeral of David Byrne.

Seán O’Rourke: “Brenda Power, you had a very strong piece in the Mail a couple of days ago on the day of David Byrne’s, a couple of days after David Byrne’s funeral, a couple of days after it, and the heading was that, ‘Church should ban the funerals of gangsters instead of giving succour to murderous thugs.’

Brenda Power: “I can’t have been the only person, Sean, who was astonished byt that display in Francis Street last week. I went to see it. This, you know, a funeral rite is meant to be a celebration of the dead person’s life but also a call for mercy, for, to acknowledge their repentance, you know, an acknowledgement that the person did not live a heroic life, nobody does and to pray for their souls. There wasn’t a hint of that about what I heard from that church. Not a hint of it and not only that, and I know it is difficult for individual priests to take a stand on this when there is clearly no leadership, coming from higher up but there didn’t have to be a eulogy, there didn’t have to be a eulogy which referenced what a great fella this man was, how good he was to his pet rabbit and how his singular skill was doing back flips at parties. That was not David Byrne’s singular skill. I felt, as Christian and as a Catholic, horrified by what I heard out of that, absolutely horrified. And I make no apology for saying the priests and the Catholic church in this country, if they have any regard for themselves or any respect for their institutions or ceremonies they should really abhor that behaviour.”

Later

Power: “A BMW laden with flowers steered up the aisle of the church, I say that is blasphemous.”

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19 thoughts on “Fare Well

  1. Condescending Nana

    Classy, I hope they put a galvanised mould of my penis on the hood of mine, my strongest asset.

  2. 15 cents

    as for what brenda powers talkin about, it doestn matter.. none of it matters. religion is entirely fabricated so nothing is blasphemous. they brought a corpse down to a concrete building. that’s all. no magic fairies were offended.

  3. ollie

    David Byrne had no convictions, Brenda Power has shown her true colours by this interview.
    I don’t recall her uttering a bad word against Haughey, Lowry, Liam Lawlor, Denis O’Brien and the many other public figures suspected of illegal activity.

    1. rotide

      While I think that Brenda’s point is breathtakingly stupid, I don’t think noting ‘David Byrne had no convictions’ is a good rebuttal

  4. bruce01

    “And I make no apology for saying the priests and the Catholic church in this country, if they have any regard for themselves or any respect for their institutions or ceremonies they should really abhor that behaviour.”

    The thought that people go into the priesthood based on their solid backbone and convictions, and will speak out against something they see as morally repugnant, I find it mind blowing that anyone can think of the Irish clergy in that way.

  5. Kieran NYC

    Seems like Brenda isn’t too fond of the ‘forgiveness’ and ‘love thy neighbour’ parts of Christianity.

    I, for one, am shocked.

  6. Murtles

    Pffft people are so precious nowadays about what goes on in church. If there were more remote control cars up and down the ailses and priests scooting around on hoverboards, then they might get bigger crowds. Disco Mass, now there’s a concept I might go to see,. Get a free glass of wine at the door too, sure JC was mad into the auld vino.

  7. Lordblessusandsaveus

    Don’t forget that George Redmond, convicted of taking a £10,000 bribe while in a state job was also buried today.

    But the media will brush over that because he facilitated the enriching of property developers and land owners, even though the lasting damage of his kind of crime is arguably worse for the lives 100,000s of people effected by bad planning decisions.

    Violence comes in many forms.

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