A priest at the funeral of an Irish teenager who was killed and dismembered in a gangland feud has today condemned his killers for ‘playing God’.
Keane Mulready-Woods’s killers showed ‘appalling wickedness and evil’ by carrying out a killing which has brought ‘an unparalleled level of revulsion’, Father Phil Gaffney said today.
Pleading for an end to the Drogheda gang feud which police believe was behind the killing, the priest said: ‘In the name of God let it end now’.
Keane’s body parts were left in various locations in Dublin after his violent death last month.
A coffin carrying the remains of Keane Mulready-Woods is carried from the Church of the Holy Family in Drogheda today after the teenager’s funeral
Mourners follow a hearse carrying Keane Mulready-Woods’s coffin as they gather for the funeral today, a month after the teenager was killed
The hearse drives through Calvary Cemetery in Drogheda, which is the site of a gangland feud believed to have been linked to the teenager’s death
Keane Mulready-Woods (pictured) was killed in a suspected gangland feud last month and his body parts left in various locations in Dublin
Father Gaffney told mourners today: ‘Our first reaction today is one of great sympathy for Keane’s parents and family for the great crime committed against a brother and a son, for the great wrong that was done to them.
‘There has to be great anger and even sadness, great fear and pain perhaps, at the thought that we live in a society where certain people took upon themselves to “play God” with regard to the life of Keane Mulready-Woods.
‘They took upon themselves to be judge and jury, and executioner. What arrogance. What appalling wickedness and evil.’
The priest also urged other teenagers to take Keane’s death as a ‘warning’ not to become involved with organised crime.
He said: ‘This murder has brought about an unparalleled level of revulsion, not alone in Drogheda, but throughout our country and, indeed, far beyond.
‘I hope that his death will be a warning to other young teenagers who are been groomed by the ruthless criminals, that the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in tragedy.
‘Please learn from his mistakes, getting involved with dangerous criminals, thinking some of them were his friends and yet they would sacrifice him in such a brutal manner.’
The funeral was held at Holy Family Church in Ballsgrove, Drogheda today.
Mourners on motocross bikes ride through Calvary Cemetery at the funeral today where a priest condemned the killers’ ‘appalling wickedness and evil’
Flowers and a Gucci logo decorate the hearse of Keane Mulready-Woods at his funeral today
Mourners console each other after leaving the funeral service at the church in Drogheda today
Priest Phil Gaffney said the killers of Keane Mulready-Woods (pictured) showed ‘appalling wickedness and evil’ by carrying out a killing which has brought ‘an unparalleled level of revulsion’
Police in forensic gear work at the scene of a burned-out car in Dublin where body parts were found last month
Keane was named as the murder victim after police found body parts at multiple locations in Dublin and DNA tests confirmed they were his.
Some of the gruesome remains were found in a sports bag in Coolock, while others were discovered in a burned-out car.
Officers have still not found the teenager’s torso, where they believe the fatal wounds were delivered, and so have been unable to say exactly how he died.
A suspect was later arrested.
Keane’s violent death became an issue in the Irish election campaign, with PM Leo Varadkar vowing to ‘put these people behind bars’.
‘I want to express my revulsion and condemnation of the very serious crime that has taken place here,’ he said at the time.
‘I want to say to people across Ireland and here in Drogheda that crime doesn’t pay, we will get these people behind bars and make this town safe again.’
Ireland’s garda police have also promised to ‘bring those behind this shocking crime to justice’.