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Monday 10 December 2018

Champagne send-off as family says farewell to murder victim Tighe

Remains of Jamie Tighe are brought to his funeral. Photo: Colin Keegan
Remains of Jamie Tighe are brought to his funeral. Photo: Colin Keegan

Armed gardai were out in force on the streets around the funeral of Dublin's latest gangland murder victim, Jamie Tighe.

Members of the Armed Support Unit patrolled the area around Our Lady Immaculate Church in Darndale, and senior officers observed from just outside the church grounds.

Tighe (24) was gunned down in front of his friends on Moatview Avenue, Coolock, in the early hours of October 28.

He was a close associate of the chief suspect in the double killing of mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally (48) and innocent locksmith Clinton Shannon (30) in Ballymun in August.

Retaliation

Gardai are investigating if he was murdered in retaliation for those murders, but other motives are also possible because Tighe had links to a number of criminals.

He had previous convictions for assaulting gardai and for firearms offences and was before the courts last year on another firearms charge.

Gifts taken to the altar as symbols of his life included a bottle of champagne to represent his "champagne lifestyle", one of his many expensive watches, aftershave and family photos.

His mother, June, kissed a photo of him as she brought it to the altar with Tighe's father, Kevin.

In his homily, Fr Leo Philomin said nobody had the right to take the life of another person.

"We gather because someone somewhere thought it was right to take the life of another," he said.

"Someone somewhere thought it was right to deprive a family of a son, a brother, an uncle, a nephew.

"No one has that right. No one has the right to deprive another of their life, however that life is lived."

During the prayers of the faithful, a member of the family prayed for "all those whose lives have been cut short by violence".

A cousin of Tighe named Stuart told of how he loved animals, and joked about getting a crocodile as a pet.

He also told how Tighe was a man who was obsessed with his image.

"Jamie was the happiest, most carefree person you could meet," he said.

"He had the biggest smile and a laugh that was contagious, and he loved himself so much that we were only short of putting a mirror on the inside of his coffin.

"His family was his world and he would do anything for them."

At the request of Tighe's father, the song Son was performed by a singer accompanied by a guitarist.

Outside the church, more than a dozen of Tighe's friends performed burnouts on their motorbikes, creating a noisy and smoky tribute.

His remains were then taken to Fingal Cemetery for burial.

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