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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Killers 'imprisoned by bulletproof vests', says priest at Clint's funeral

Mourners carry the coffin of Clinton ‘Clint’ Shannon
Mourners carry the coffin of Clinton ‘Clint’ Shannon

The family of a young man who was shot dead in a botched double gangland murder hold "no animosity" following the killing, his funeral has heard.

Hundreds of mourners filed into the seaside Church of the Sacred Heart in Laytown, Co Meath, yesterday to bid farewell to Clinton 'Clint' Shannon (30).

The locksmith was one of two innocent people shot dead in north Dublin last month.

Bravado

The congregation heard how Mr Shannon radiated joy to everybody he met, and that his family "have no hatred in their hearts" despite the callous murder of their loved one.

Chief celebrant Fr David McNelis also issued a powerful message to those responsible for the double murder.

"We don't know who was responsible for the killing in Ballymun, and it is irrelevant if it was part of a drugs war or local feud. One thing of what we are certain is that two people, who were innocent, died," he told mourners.

"Those who did this are not free. They must constantly look behind their backs, imprison themselves in bulletproof vests.

"For all the gun power and bravado, what quality of life have they?

"The mindless tit-for-tat circle of vengeance is spiralling out of control and is moving them further away from the peace God gives."

A picture of a smiling Mr Shannon was placed on top of his coffin throughout the ceremony.

"Clint's parents would have every right to be enraged. Instead they hold no animosity and no hatred in their hearts," said Fr McNelis in his homily.

"Even though they are burdened down by deep sorrow they are free of thoughts of revenge."

The chief mourners included Mr Shannon's parents, Tommy and Kathleen, siblings Caroline, Tomas and Keith, and his partner, Ciara.

Following the ceremony, the brown coffin was carried to a black hearse, which transferred Mr Shannon's remains to Glasnevin Cemetery for burial.

Birthday

He was gunned down just two days before he was due to celebrate his 31st birthday.

Mr Shannon was struck around 10 times as he was sitting in his car outside a house on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun.

He was a locksmith by trade and had no involvement in criminality.

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