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Tributes Funeral of N7 crash victim Dean Maguire told he was a 'f***ing legend'

Maguire was one of three men killed on 7 July when their BMW ploughed into a truck on the N7 and burst into flames


Family and friends of N7 crash victim Dean Maguire paid tribute to the Tallaght man at his funeral mass this morning with one family member apologising to the priest on the altar “ for the language” before declaring “rest in peace ya f***ing legend”. 

Maguire was one of three men killed on 7 July when their BMW ploughed into a truck on the N7 and burst into flames.

Maguire (29) of Tree Park Drive, Graham Taylor (31) of Kiltalown Park and Karl Freeman (26) of Rossfield Park died in the horror crash.

At his private funeral at the Priory Church in Tallaght village which took place before his burial at Newlands Cross Cemetery, family members and finds took turns paying tribute to Maguire while promising to look after his wife SallyAnn, and daughters Katrice and Margaret.

One young woman said: “Where do we start about Dean? As we stand here today a lot of memories go through our minds and every one of them is funny. Like the night of Margaret’s christening we were in a disco but you got so drunk you thought you were in a cul-de-sac.

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The late Dean Maguire, whose funeral took place today.

The late Dean Maguire, whose funeral took place today.

The late Dean Maguire, whose funeral took place today.

“You really were a character. When you became a part of our family you became our brother and there was nothing you wouldn't do for us. We will always mind SallyAnn and your girls for you. Please watch over them Dean and guide them through their lives. There is not a day that will go by that you won't be missed. Our hearts are truly broken.”

She added: “Sorry for the language father, rest in peace ya fu**kin’ legend.”

Another young man added: “I woke up that morning, like any other, but if I had of known what the day would hold I would have held you like no other.

“I’m going to miss you brother. We don't know what to do,” he added. “We’re so lost without you. Every memory we are going to cherish.

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"Your little girls are gonna grow up and never, ever forget you. How could we let them down by not telling them all about you? We had so many memories that will last my whole life. I'm gonna say goodbye now it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do sleep easy brother.”

Another woman added: “To my brother, my friend, you can’t choose your family so I guess I was lucky to have a brother like you. We forged a bond that time cannot erase.

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 Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car on the N7.  Inset from left, crash victims Dean Maguire, Karl Freeman and Graham Taylor

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car on the N7. Inset from left, crash victims Dean Maguire, Karl Freeman and Graham Taylor

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car on the N7. Inset from left, crash victims Dean Maguire, Karl Freeman and Graham Taylor

"You can never know how proud I am to tell the world that's my brother but even prouder to say that's my friend. Dean, my, darling brother, I will always love you and I will miss you forever till we meet again.”

At the beginning of the service offertory gifts were brought up to the alter by his family and friends.

They included a torch and screwdriver, as well as cigarettes, his cap, newspapers, his keys, a Canada Goose jacket and his reg plate.

Floral tributes were also laid at the alter alongside his coffin, which read 'Husband', 'Maguire', 'Son', and 'Mad Man'.

During the ceremony the local parish priest expressed his sympathies with Maguire's loved ones saying he was taken "so suddenly and quickly without a chance to say goodbye."

He said there were twice as many people outside the church as inside to celebrate the funeral service.

His coffin was later carried out to the tune of Tina Turner's 'Simply the Best' before being removed for burial to Newland's Cross Cemetery.

Dean Maguire is survived by his parents, Kathleen and Thomas, wife SallyAnn, two daughters, and wider family and friends.

The funeral service of Graham Taylor will take place tomorrow while Karl Freeman will be buried next week.

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Flowers at the scene of the N7 crash. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

Flowers at the scene of the N7 crash. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

Flowers at the scene of the N7 crash. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

All three were pronounced dead at the scene on the N7 on Wednesday, July 7, after their car collided with a truck.

Just minutes before the collision, gardai had observed the BMW car that the three men were travelling in driving erratically in the Tallaght area.

Their vehicle drove the wrong way down the N7 in an attempt to evade gardaí before the collision.

Gardaí are also investigating an incident of dangerous driving involving associates of Maguire as they escorted his hearse back to Tallaght on Wednesday.

In video circulating on social media taken from inside a vehicle travelling behind the hearse, a voice is heard repeatedly shouting: “Go on Deano.”

Sounding horns and with photographs of Dean Maguire stuck on the back windows, a number of cars are seen speeding through red lights and passing out each-other and other traffic on the wrong side of the road.

Gardaí confirmed in a statement they are investigating “an incident of dangerous driving which occurred in and around the Old Naas Road and Crumlin areas of Dublin (on the afternoon of July 14) 2021.”

“Gardaí on patrol observed a number of vehicles engaged in dangerous and erratic driving.

“The managed containment operation was commenced and was subsequently stood down on the vehicles failed to stop.”

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