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The psychiatric hospital is next door to Limerick Prison where a number of Casey’s relatives are currently detained in the D Wing

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Terry Casey's furneral cortege

Terry Casey's furneral cortege

Terry Casey's furneral cortege

The funeral cortege of gangster Terry Casey stopped outside Limerick Prison as mourners shouted to inmates, played music, clapped, whistled and released balloons.

The 27-year-old dad of four died tragically at home last weekend and was buried last Tuesday amid scenes of grief in Limerick.

After his casket was taken from Crosses funeral home in a horse-drawn glass-sided carriage, a live-streamed video showed the cortege driving into the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital.

The psychiatric hospital is next door to Limerick Prison where a number of Casey’s relatives are currently detained in the D Wing.

Sounding car horns as they arrived, the mourners and inmates shouted words of comfort to each other as a number of youngsters and young men climbed on a wall for better access.

Music blasted from car stereos in tribute as the convoy of vehicles made their way from the city centre to Mount St Oliver Cemetery, where Casey was laid to rest.

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Terry Casey.

Terry Casey.

Terry Casey.

He grave was festooned with floral tributes and life-sized photographs, with one wreath spelling out the words ‘Boss’ and ‘Brother’.

Other videos show fireworks being fired into the night sky in tribute to Casey, while in another video balloons are released after what sounds like gunshots being fired.

Social media accounts were filled with tributes to the young man and of condolences to his grief-stricken widow Charlene.

His death notice read: “Terry died (suddenly) at his home.”

“Very deeply regretted by his loving wife Charlene, sons Martin and John, daughters Crystal and Katie-Lolita, parents Patrick and Margaret, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.”

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The gold coffin in which Terry Casey was buried.

The gold coffin in which Terry Casey was buried.

The gold coffin in which Terry Casey was buried.

Casey survived being shot in 2017 when he was hit in the stomach and shoulder in a gun attack in the city.

He was able to escape the scene of the shooting on foot and presented himself in hospital for treatment.

At the time it was feared the shooting could lead to more attacks in the city where his brother-in-law Wayne Dundon had once ruled the roost.

Some of the tributes featured a photograph of Casey in a suit and tie which was taken as he emerged from a court hearing after being charged with attempting to extort money from a building firm. Casey denied all charges and his lawyer had told the court his client, “stands innocent until proven guilty.”

At that hearing it emerged he was arrested by gardai in January 2020 at 7.55am at his home at Clonlong, Southill, Limerick, and charged before Limerick District Court.

He was accused of demanding money with menaces from the foreman at the site of the Horizon Mall in Parkway Retail Park, Dublin Road, on November 12, 2019.

It was alleged Casey made a demand for payment of protection money to avoid damage or theft to machinery on the site.

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The horses pulling the hearse wore tributes to the late Terry Casey.

The horses pulling the hearse wore tributes to the late Terry Casey.

The horses pulling the hearse wore tributes to the late Terry Casey.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed Casey, who was described then as unemployed, to face a trial on indictment in the Circuit Court.

During a bail application before the court a garda gave evidence saying Casey did not reply to the charge when it was formally put to him.

The officer alleged Casey and another man arrived at the construction site in a Jeep and approached the foreman, and that Casey informed him that the site “needed protection”.

The foreman replied that his company already had its own site security, but Casey told him: “It doesn’t work like that around here,” said the officer.

The foreman told gardai that Casey said “he had to be paid or he’d be back to see me at a later date.”

The court heard Casey gave the foreman his name and mobile phone, telling him: “It would be in your interests to pay it.”

The garda witness said Casey returned to the site the following day.

The foreman “has made signed statements” about the allegations, it was heard in court.

Casey’s solicitor said his client “disputed” the foreman’s version of events.

A garda witness agreed they were “investigating” Casey’s version of events, which were not specifically outlined to the court.

Casey was described to the court as a married father of three, and that one of his children had received treatment for a serious illness in recent years.

It was added that Casey’s heavily pregnant wife at the time, named in court as Charlene Casey, was in to support her husband, and she was due to give birth to the couple’s fourth child the following month.

If Casey was not granted bail, his wife would be on her own at home with their children, the court heard.

“He stands innocent until proven guilty, and he will abide by any bail conditions, and he will answer bail on any day he is asked to come to court,” his solicitor said.

Judge Marian O’Leary remanded Casey in custody with consent to bail, on his own bond of €5,000, of which €2,500 was to be lodged.

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