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Saturday 16 December 2017

Major security plan for funeral of murdered mother-of-six

Antoinette Corbally-Devoy
Antoinette Corbally-Devoy

Gardai are preparing a major security operation for the funeral of innocent gangland victim Antoinette Corbally-Devoy this week.

She was waked at the family home in Ballymun last night after her body was released to her family yesterday.

Innocent victims Antoinette (48) and Clinton Shannon (30) were shot dead by two hitmen armed with a handgun and a sub-machine gun, who opened fire outside her home on Balbutcher Drive earlier this month.

Up to 20 shots were fired during the attack.

The intended target of the shooting was Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37), who dropped a young child as he made his escape from the scene uninjured.

The brother of murdered Antoinette, 'Bottler' is said to be "devastated" at her killing.

There was a discreet garda presence in the area last night as family members and close friends gathered at the home in north Dublin for her wake.

It is understood her funeral this week will be closely monitored amid fears of further bloodshed.

Bullets

Mother-of-six Antoinette was hit by some 10 bullets as she stood in the hallway of the home targeted by the two hitmen wearing balaclavas. She died almost instantly.

Two innocent bystanders were also hit in the crossfire - Andrea Corbally (18), Antoinette's daughter, who suffered a graze to her head from a stray bullet, and Brian Moran (52) who was hit in the leg.

The second murder victim - locksmith Mr Shannon - was sitting in his car when he was shot up to 10 times and struck in the chest, neck and head.

He was not involved in criminality and sources described him as a "completely innocent man".

He had driven his friend 'Bottler' to the property moments before the shootings.

Last week, the Herald revealed that two hitmen connected to the deadly Hutch mob are being blamed for the double murder.

Associates of 'Bottler' have blamed the killings on a north inner city hit team that had been planning to murder the 37-year-old career criminal.

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