PIC: Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch attends brother's funeral

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch arrives at the funeral
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch arrives at the funeral

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch did attend his brother Eddie's funeral today.

Hutch was spotted leaving the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sean McDermott Street. 

The convicted criminal was looking dramatically different, with long grey hair tied back in a ponytail.

Hutch attended the funeral today despite the fact he had been formally notified by the gardai of a threat to his life earlier this week.

However, after a reported trip out of the country in midweek he was there to pay his respects to his brother this morning, who was shot dead on Poplar Row last week in suspected retaliation for the Regency Hotel gun attack two weeks ago.

Fr Richard Ebejer addressed the congregation this morning and said the Hutch family have asked that there be no retaliation for the murder.

The family made the same plea following the murder of Gary Hutch, the killing which is believed to have marked the beginning of the latest outbreak of gangland violence.

" does not want to seek revenge or to have retaliation," the funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr heard this morning.

"This is what the family had asked for, right from the very beginning, that there will be no retaliation.

"This is indeed ‘goodness’ in the face of evil.

"They now call on everybody for this cycle of violence to stop, and to stop now."

His funeral cortege left his sister's family home on Portland Row shortly before 10.30am this morning.

Several floral displays paid tribute to the gangland victim.

Flowers spelling out the words 'Dad' and 'Uncle' were laid alongside the coffin in the hearse, while displays reading 'Grandad' were placed on top of the vehicle before it left Portland Row for the church on Sean Mac Dermott Street.  

And in a moving tribute to the taxi driver, Eddie Hutch's taxi sign was placed on top of the coffin before it was carried into the church.

Fr Ebejer described the 59-year-old taxi driver as a 'good man' who loved a 'good joke'.

"The Goodness of the inner city is nourished by faith," he said.

"We see it in Neddy, who was basically a good man, who would as a taxi driver, wait on elderly ladies as they did their errands, he would share a good joke and was the life of a party, and he was good company in the pub.

"He did not deserve to die in this manner."

Fr Ebejer read a gospel that he said "was not chosen in particular for this sad occasion, but it does speak to the reality we are facing."

The priest alluded to the recent increase in gangland violence in the capital, a situation he said that has 'shocked the whole nation'.

He said: "We are all aware of the circumstances of Neddy’s death, circumstances that have spiralled out of control, circumstances that have left families grieving in shock and pain, circumstances that have shocked the whole nation.

"All vengeful violence is to be condemned in the strongest terms possible, wherever it comes from. It only degrades the humanity of those who carry it out.

"Nobody deserves to die in the way that Neddy died," he repeated.

Speaking about the area in which the Hutch family lived, he said inner city Dublin has a 'great history' of people looking out for one another when times get hard.

"It would be a tragedy if we were to lose that sense of good Dublin values," he added.

He concluded his sermon by saying: "May Neddy Hutch rest in Peace; may God have mercy on his soul, and reward him for his goodness, real Dublin goodness!"