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Ryan funeral attracts crowds and heavy Garda presence


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Over 300 people attended the funeral of Vincent Ryan this morning.

There was a heavy Garda presence for the funeral, with armed, regular and plain clothed Gardaí around the area.

The funeral took place in the Church of Holy Trinity in Donaghmede.

The 25-year-old was gunned down in a car, outside his partner’s house in Mackee road in Finglas last week.

There was a guard of honour formed for Ryan in the funeral procession. The men and women in the guard of honour wore white shirts, and black ties with lilies on them.

As the procession reached the Grange road, motorcyclists, believed to be Ryan’s friends, formed on either side of the road as the procession passed. The motorcyclists revved their engines as the coffin passed through.


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Ryan’s partner, Kelly walked in front of the coffin, with their newborn baby, Phoenix.

Kelly gave a eulogy at the funeral and said Vincent was a good father and that a lot of people never experience true love, but she had.

She said that when Vincent Ryan was taken from her, he took her heart with him, and she asked him to keep it safe.

In his homily, Father Gerry Corcoran, said “When a young person dies suddenly and violently as Vincent has, it is a stark reminder that we should never take life for granted.”

Father Corcoran told the church that  “Vincent enjoyed cycling from a young age and more recently his love of his motor biking emerged.”

He continued to say that Ryan “Was a non-smoker, non-drinker and never used drugs.”

Ryan’s brother, Anthony who was a member of the real IRA, was murdered in 2012. He was shot dead, and controversy arose at his funeral when shots were fired into the air, for a military funeral.

The same concerns arose for Vincent’s funeral, but the family released a statement saying Vincent was a “staunch and honourable republican” but not a member of the IRA when he was shot.

They said he would receive a “traditional republican family funeral” and not a military funeral.

Vincent was buried in Fingal Cemetery today. There was a heavy Garda presence there also.

The family also called for “no retaliation” for Vincent Ryan’s murder.

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Conor McGregor’s coach arrested following fatal one-punch attack on retired man

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A man who was arrested after he fatally assaulted a 57-year-old man in Harold’s Cross on Friday night was a former coach to UFC fighter Conor McGregor.

45-year-old Jonathan Dargan, who was a taekwondo coach to McGregor, punched Patrick Mullally, which caused him to fall and receive a head injury, which he later died from.

“Mr Dargan is legendary in taekwondo,” Irish taekwondo Union President Martin Fleming said. “He was very well experienced and should have known the assault would cause serious harm.”

He said that one of the tenets of taekwondo is self-control, which Jonathan Dargan would have been taught.

Conor McGregor, who lost to Nate Diaz in UFC 196 at the weekend, often trained with Mr Dargan in the Straight Blast Gym in Tallaght. Mr Dargan would have instructed McGregor in taekwondo kicking, according to Mr Fleming.

Mr Dargan is from Tallaght and has been a bouncer at Dublin nightclub Lillie’s Bordello for almost 20 years. It is understood that he has no previous convictions.

He was arrested and questioned in Terenure Garda Station in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was later released without charge.

Mr Dargan’s girlfriend was also questioned by Gardaí on the events of the night.

It is believed he got into a disagreement with a woman outside the Park View Court apartment complex in Harold’s Cross, which the victim tried to interrupt before being struck by Mr Dargan. Mr Mullally was taken by ambulance to St James’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident occurred at about 4am on Saturday. Mr Mullally’s brother and sister also witnessed the attack.

“Unfortunately this isn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened,” Mr Fleming said. “There was a similar case with one of our own members, who was put in a coma after an altercation in the 90s.” He said that when alcohol is added to situations like this, self-control can be lost more easily.

Patrick Mullally came upon the altercation after his own retirement party on Saturday night. He was going back to a local pub when the assault happened. He hit his head off the kerb after a single punch from Mr Dargan. An autopsy was carried out yesterday morning.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mr Fleming said. “It could happen to anyone.”

Mr Mullally, who has one daughter, worked as a driver at the Guinness brewery for more than three decades and was celebrating his retirement before the assault occurred. It is believed he was from Terenure.

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Vincent Ryan, who was shot dead in Finglas yesterday afternoon, will receive a full paramilitary funeral similar to that of his brother Alan.

Vincent Ryan, a known member of the Real IRA, was gunned down as he sat in his car on McKee road in Finglas having visited his partner and child.

Vincent’s brother Alan was the leader of the Real IRA prior to his murder in September 2012. He received a full paramilitary funeral featuring roadblocks, mourners marching in full republican uniform and a volley of shots being fired as Ryan’s coffin was removed from his home in Donaghmede.


Twenty three people were arrested in the wake of the funeral for firearms offenses and destruction of property. Gardaí allowed the funeral to go ahead at the time without interruption citing public safety as they feared the threat of a riot breaking out were they to intervene.

The then justice minister Alan Shatter released statement saying that “Paramilitary trappings should not blind people to the fact that what is at issue is criminal terrorism carried on by people who, for their own reasons, want to drag the people of this island back to a dark past.”

Gardai are set to launch a task force to prevent similar scenes occurring at Vincent Ryan’s funeral.


Vincent Ryan had survived another attempt on his life when he was stabbed in the face on Parnell Street last November.

Ryan was well known to Gardai having been arrested for the murder of drug dealer Mika “the Panda” Kelly in 2011 but was released without charge.

The secretive ‘Mr Big’ drugs gang are believed to have been behind the killing of Alan Ryan, stabbing of Vincent Ryan and yesterday’s murder. Gardaí believe they foiled another attempt by ‘Mr Big’ to murder Vincent Ryan in May of last year.

The Real IRA formed in 1997 after the splitting of the provisional IRA. Under Alan Ryan’s leadership the controlled the flow of drugs into much of Dublin, taxing and murdering drug dealers. Under the guise of a security firm Ryan and his associates ran protection rings extorting money from Dublin businesses for in return for protection. Ryan and the Real IRA sent a portion of these proceeds back to IRA leaders in Belfast while keeping the rest for themselves.

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The search for the killer continues as nearly 18 years on from the Omagh bombing, charges were dropped against one of the men suspected of the attack.

29 people died in the attack, which was the single deadliest attack during the 30 year Troubles, that took place on 15th August 1998.

Seamas Daly, from Cullaville Co. Armagh was charged two years ago with setting a car bomb in the centre of the town just six months after the signing of the Good Friday agreement.

Mr Daly, a bricklayer, has been on remand from prison since he was charged with the attack along with other terrorism related offences in April 2014.

Daly was one of four men who were ordered by the Belfast High court to pay damages of £1.6 million to the bereaved families of the attacks in 2009.

Families whose relatives died in the Omagh bombings say that they feel “let down” by the authorities after the charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

A lawyer from the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) withdrew the charges against Mr Daly after the prosecution felt that the evidence from a key witness was not reliable.

A spokesperson for the PPS told the Independent earlier “Having conducted a careful review of the case with the prosecution team, the Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory QC has concluded that the available evidence no longer provides a reasonable prospect of a conviction. Consequently the prosecution cannot be continued.”

Among the 29 people who died in the blasts, 3 were Irish, 2 were Spanish tourists and and one victim was a pregnant woman.

By Aidan Delaney