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Garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin cremated in Belfast

Adrian Crevan Mackin's coffin is brought into the crematorium at Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann
Brendan Hughes

GARDA killer Adrian Crevan Mackin has been cremated in a simple, low-key funeral service in Belfast.

His plain wooden coffin, free of flowers or tributes, was removed from a black hearse and wheeled into the crematorium at Roselawn Cemetery on Friday.

A man and a woman stood quietly at the doorway as undertakers trolleyed the bare casket inside.

It was a stark contrast to poignant scenes a day earlier when thousands of gardaí gathered in solidarity for the state funeral of their colleague Tony Golden.

The father-of-three was shot dead by Mackin on Sunday as he responded to a domestic complaint in Omeath, Co Louth, close to the border.

The 25-year-old gunman, originally from the Newry area in Co Down, died after turning the trigger on himself.

He had also shot his 21-year-old partner Siobhan Phillips, from Newry, who has remained critically ill in hospital.

Mackin was on bail at the time after being charged in Dublin's Special Criminal Court earlier this year with being a member of a dissident republican organisation.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were among the thousands of mourners who thronged the seaside village of Blackrock for 36-year-old Garda Golden's funeral.

By comparison the tranquil surrounds of Roselawn crematorium on the outskirts of Belfast were almost deserted.

The hearse holding Mackin's coffin was parked on its own by the doorway of the crematorium ahead of the scheduled 10.30am cremation.

Sharp sunlight beamed low across the manicured lawns as the coffin was brought inside, the double doors with frosted glass windows shut firmly behind.

Within six minutes another hearse, accompanied by a substantial cortege, arrived for its timeslot.

Mackin's remains were brought from Newry early on Friday morning in time for the scheduled cremation.

For days his body lay unclaimed in the morgue of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda before being secretly collected by a Newry area funeral director.

Mackin's parents, who had been victims of his temper, emigrated to Australia a decade ago and it was not known if they would return to Ireland for his funeral.

Sources said a number of undertakers in the Newry area were contacted on Tuesday by individuals who had no family link to Mackin but who wanted to make arrangements for his funeral.

Mackin's associates spoke to several undertakers before finding one willing to handle the killer's remains.

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