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Friday 24 November 2017

'Bottler' shuns threats to his life at murdered sister's funeral

Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy at the funeral of his sister, Antoinette Corbally-Devoy
Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy at the funeral of his sister, Antoinette Corbally-Devoy

Convicted criminal Derek 'Bottler' Devoy mourned at his murdered sister's funeral yesterday - despite being warned by gardai that his life is in danger.

Mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (47) was shot dead at her mother's home on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, two weeks ago as two gunmen attempted to kill Devoy.

Bottler's friend Clinton Shannon (30), who had driven him to the house, was also killed in a hail of bullets.

Mr Shannon had just dropped off his friend in Balbutcher Drive when machine gun fire rang out.

There was a large garda presence around Ballymun yesterday morning as the funeral cortege made its way to St Joseph's Church.

Antoinette's coffin was brought to the altar to the sound of Romeo And Juliet by Dire Straits.

Devoy held a young blonde child throughout the mass, and the family embraced each other regularly.

Brutal

Bottler sat to the right of his mother Nancy, and she kissed him on the head occasionally.

Mourners were told how Antoinette had died in a "senseless, violent and brutal" way.

"It was a dark day for the family," said the priest conducting requiem Mass.

He told how Antoinette's daughter Andrea had just come back from visiting Antoinette's mother Nancy in hospital.

She had just got her Leaving Cert results that day and was telling Antoinette about them.

The priest told how Antoinette had told her they would celebrate that weekend. But a few minutes later she was dead.

"Violence is not the way," said the priest.

Grief-stricken Andrea also spoke briefly at the end of the ceremony.

"My mother was a wonderful woman, she was the best in the world," she said.

"We'll love her forever and she will always be with us no matter what, she's our family's hero."

The garda helicopter and armed response unit observed the funeral to ensure it went safely.

Around 60 people attended the service, and afterwards Antoinette's remains were brought to Dardistown Cemetery for cremation.

On Wednesday, Bottler was snapped by the Herald as he strutted topless outside the house where his sister and best friend were shot.

Despite his life still being under threat, Devoy stepped out in Ballymun ahead of Antoinette's funeral and was seen visiting the house where Antoinette was lying in repose.

Wearing just tracksuit bottoms and trainers, he was spotted comforting a woman.

Devoy is believed to have been the intended target of the bothced hit on August 16.

Dropped

He was carrying a child in his arms when the gunmen attacked, dropped the youngster and fled through Antoinette's house to escape the hail of bullets.

But his sister and Mr Shannon died in the burst of gunfire.

Associates of Devoy blame the killings on a north inner city hit team associated with the Hutch mob that had been planning to murder the criminal.

"Bottler's crew firmly believe that the fellas that carried out this are from the north inner city. They don't care what the cops think," a source said.

Among the two criminals being blamed by Devoy's gang is the chief suspect for the 2014 slaying of Bottler's brother, Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy (41), who was murdered shortly after his release from Portlaoise Prison.

His body was discovered riddled with bullets on the side of a road in Bohernabreena, at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, on January 18, 2014.

The military-trained hitman behind the attack on 'Bottler' is aged in his mid-20s and is also a suspect in the Hutch/Kinahan feud murder of Michael Keogh, killed by the Hutch mob in the north inner city in May.

Provos

A senior source previously told the Herald: "This gun for hire is a heavy hitter in terms of organised crime and he has close links to a number of gangs, including both sides of the feud.

"He is involved in extortion and debt collection and is associated with Provos in the north inner city."

The other suspected hitman has been closely monitored by gardai.

They believe he could be used at a "minute's notice" to carry out the murder of a rival Kinahan cartel member.

Aged in his 40s, he has been out of jail since 2013. He served a lengthy prison sentence after being busted following a surveillance operation by the gardai's Organised Crime Unit.

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