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Final journey: James 'Jay' Griffin's coffin arrives at the church

Final journey: James 'Jay' Griffin's coffin arrives at the church

Fergal Phillips

The funeral of James 'Jay' Griffin Picture by Fergal Phillips

The funeral of James 'Jay' Griffin Picture by Fergal Phillips

Fergal Phillips

Stab victim James Griffin (26)

Stab victim James Griffin (26)

Final journey: James 'Jay' Griffin's coffin arrives at the church

TWO white horses pulled the hearse that took stab attack victim James 'Jay' Griffin on his final journey.

Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament, on Cherry Orchard Avenue, to say their final farewell to the popular 26-year-old.

The crowd was so large that many could not get into the church.

Mourners broke down in tears and had to be comforted at times during the funeral.

Jay was stabbed to death at a rave in Ballyfermot, west Dublin, in the early hours of November 16.

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The funeral of James 'Jay' Griffin Picture by Fergal Phillips

The funeral of James 'Jay' Griffin Picture by Fergal Phillips

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The funeral of James 'Jay' Griffin Picture by Fergal Phillips

Parish priest Fr Gerry O'Connor said that if the perpetrator of the crime could see the pain it caused to the family, they would never do anything like it again.

Fr O'Connor said that as one of his hobbies was hunting, Mr Griffin was not afraid of the night and everyone expected him to come home on the night he was attacked.

"Those who caused the heartache, I'd like to say that if you could see a mother's broken heart or a dad's broken heart or brother's broken heart, or a sister's broken heart, or family and friends' broken hearts, I don't believe that you could ever again cause the hurt and pain that you have caused," he said.

A collage of pictures of Mr Griffin were placed in front of the alter.

Items that represented his interests were also carefully presented - a walking stick, a fishing rod, a lamp he used for hunting, a paintbrush, a music box and a bottle of fizzy orange.

Mr Griffin loved dogs and horses and was a Manchester United fan.

Fr O'Connor drew laughs when he suggested the "miracle" of the football team's win over the weekend against Arsenal might be a message from Mr Griffin that he was all right.

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The congregation heard how the young man was a private individual who nevertheless amassed lots of friends.

He loved children who were "all his little buddies," and he had no favourites a representative, speaking on behalf of the family, said.

"Anybody who was lucky enough to know James will remember his kind, loving, generous manner," she said.

She said that he especially loved his little sister 'Princess' Hannah Rose.

Gardai have identified a chief suspect in the killing, which they believe was premeditated.

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