‘No one deserves such a death’ – Respects paid to Kenneth O'Brien

Kenneth O'Brien
Kenneth O'Brien

Mourners gathered this afternoon to pay their respects to murder victim Kenneth O'Brien, who was described as a "strikingly big, handsome man" who "could be a bit of a prankster".

The father-of-one was remembered in his native Ballyfermot today.

Chief mourners at his funeral were his partner Eimear and their little son Charlie, parents Gerry and Susan, siblings Lee and Janine.

Mr O'Brien had just returned from Australia in December to begin a new life with his family in Dublin.

Just weeks later his torso was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal at Ardclough, Co Kildare on January 16.

The 33-year-old had no involvement in crime, but sources said that the killing and disposal of his remains was carried out by experienced criminals.

Additional body parts were then found in the Grand Canal near Sallins, Co Kildare.

Today, Mr O'Brien was remembered fondly as a quiet, reserved man.

Parish priest Fr Joseph McDonald said that it was a “very sad occasion”.

“It is a sad day, there are a lot of broken hearts,” he said.

A simple floral tribute to ‘dad’ and a bouquet in the shape of a digger were laid out in honour of JCB driver.

Fr McDonald said that the funeral was not to focus on the 33-year-old’s death, but his life.

“He should not have been defined by his death, but by his living,” he said.

“The importance of today is to give him the dignity and honour he deserves.”

“It was a cruel death and a disrespectful aftermath. No one deserves such a death. His death goes against our core belief that every life is sacred.

“His death offends God.”