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There was a familiar face among Paul Kavanagh's mourners yesterday

Mourning: Conor McGregor was seen at the funeral of Paul Kavanagh
Mourning: Conor McGregor was seen at the funeral of Paul Kavanagh

Ireland's latest gangland murder victim Paul Kavanagh was laid to rest in south Dublin yesterday.

Among his mourners was one of Ireland's most noticeable sports stars. 

Conor McGregor (27) was among hundreds of people who turned out to pay their respects to the late gangland figure. The UFC star is understood to be close to Paul Kavanagh's nephew boxer Jamie, who spoke at the ceremony.

McGregor and Kavanagh, who are roughly the same age, grew up in the same area of Drimnagh.

The UFC fighter was pictured leaving the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel on Mourne Road in Drimnagh before the victim's body was transferred to the graveyard.

The 27-year-old father was shot dead as he sat in his car on Church Avenue in Drumcondra almost two weeks ago. 

It is believed the gangland figure was murdered for pocketing drug money he was collecting from a criminal in Dublin. 

It was the second gangland murder in the Kavanagh family in less than a year. His brother Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh was shot dead by two masked assassins in Spain last year.

Kavanagh, also from Drimnagh, was an enforcer in Christy Kinahan’s drug organisation.

However, it is believed he had a falling out with Irish criminals based in the Costa Del.