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Mourners told slain drug dealer Kearns was "a real Del Boy character"

Crime DeskBy Martin Grant
The coffin is escorted into the church behind a three-wheeled yellow Reliant Robin van
The coffin is escorted into the church behind a three-wheeled yellow Reliant Robin van
The coffin is brought to the church
The coffin is brought to the church
Darren Kearns
Darren Kearns
Mourners at the funeral mass
Mourners at the funeral mass

Gun victim Darren Kearns was laid to rest in a lavish silver-plated coffin pulled by a horse-drawn carriage as mourners heard the drug dealer was a “a Del Boy” and a “people’s person”.

A strong security operation was put in place with a highly visible Garda presence in the area for Kearns’ funeral at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Cabra, Dublin, on Saturday.

His coffin was escorted into the church behind a three-wheeled yellow Reliant Robin van - famously driven by the Trotter brothers in the classic comedy, ‘Only Fools and Horses.’

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the church to remember the slain drug dealer who was shot dead in front of his wife Sharon on December 30 outside a Chinese restaurant where they had eaten.

Kearns was recently released from prison after he was sentenced for six years for his role in transporting €1.7m worth of drugs in 2010.

Fr Michael O’Grady paid tribute to the gun victim, telling mourners Kearns had an “engaging personality”.

“He was known as a people’s person, someone who would do anything for anyone. He was happy-go-lucky, a real Del Boy character," he said.

“He was someone who loved life and lived every day to the full. Darren was, above all else, a loving and caring husband, father, son, brother, grandson and friend,” said Fr O’Grady.

Mourners also heard how Kearns was a “jack of all trades” with a “great business mind”, selling potatoes, hotdogs and ice cream over the year.

It is believed Kearns was shot dead for ‘losing’ €1.7million of cannabis herb belonging to a gang he already owed money to.

Darren Kearns

The mob had Kearns under pressure to pay them back a debt of €180,000.

Kearns was still serving his six-year sentence when he was shot dead, but he was released from prison 10 months ago.

His sentence was due to expire

He was described as a model prisoner and served a lot of his time in Mountjoy Prison’s Training Unity and the Loughan House Open Centre.