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Priest calls for end of gangland feuds at funeral of Keane Mulready-Woods

The family of Keane Mulready-Woods felt a huge sense of relief at finally been able to bury his remains

FRIENDS of murdered teenager Keane Mulready-Woods should "learn from his mistakes, getting involved with dangerous criminals" a priest has told them at his funeral.

Hundreds of mourners - some wearing t-shirts with his photograph on the front - attended Requiem Mass at Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove in Drogheda, Co Louth for the 17-year-old who was murdered last month.

Gardaí believe he was murdered in the town on January 12, with the first remains discovered in a bag in Coolock in north Dublin a day later.

Two days later more remains were discovered in a stolen car found ablaze on a laneway near Croke Park in Dublin's north inner city.

DNA testing confirmed all were those of the teenager.

Despite more searches, mostly recently Oldbridge on the outskirts of Drogheda, no further remains have been recovered.

Parish Priest Fr Phil Gaffney said his parents Elizabeth and Barry, his three brothers and sister, felt a huge sense of relief at finally been able to bury his remains.

RTÉ said he told mourners along with great anger and sadness, there is "great fear and pain" at living in a society where people appoint themselves "judge, jury and executioner".

"What arrogance, what appalling wickedness and evil."

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Fr Gaffney said the teenager "had his troubles and was young and naive enough to fall in with the wrong people, not knowing or anticipating the dire consequences" and the teenager's death is a warning to other teenagers being groomed by ruthless criminals that the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in tragedy.

"Learn from his mistakes - getting involved with dangerous criminals, thinking some of them were his friends and yet they would sacrifice him in such a brutal manner".

Fr Gaffney said "drugs have become extremely easy for young people to obtain" and "doing a line of coke, has becoming as normal as having a drink".

But he said the feud in Drogheda "has to end sometime" and should be a wake up call for "all of us as a society... that actions have consequences".

The priest added gardaí have been doing their best and they deserve all the help they can get, ending with a quote from the late Séamus Mallon - "The only weapons that should ever be used in this community is words".

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