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'miss you' Tallaght gun victim Keith 'Bono' Greene gets motorcycle convoy send-off as he is laid to rest

"If you can hear me Bono, I hope you're up there smiling"

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An emotional tribute was paid to gun victim Keith ‘Bono’ Greene as he was laid to rest on Monday.

The 36-year-old died on February 24th after he was shot in a farmland row in Tallaght.

A motorcycle convoy and horses filled the road outside the Church of St Thomas in Jobstown, Dublin ahead of the funeral for Keith Greene, also known as Keith Conlon.

Speaking at his funeral, his friend Robin shared fond memories of him.

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The remains are carried into church pictured  at the funeral of Keith (Bono) Greene, who was shot dead in Tallaght almost 2 weeks ago. His funeral took place at Saint Thomas' Church the Apostle, Jobstown. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The remains are carried into church pictured at the funeral of Keith (Bono) Greene, who was shot dead in Tallaght almost 2 weeks ago. His funeral took place at Saint Thomas' Church the Apostle, Jobstown. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The remains are carried into church pictured at the funeral of Keith (Bono) Greene, who was shot dead in Tallaght almost 2 weeks ago. His funeral took place at Saint Thomas' Church the Apostle, Jobstown. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

“Yet again there's been another tragic death in Tallaght and it’s another one of our friends,” he began.

“You should never take anything for granted in life. It’s so easy to lose someone, so easy things can change.”

The emotional mourner shared how much Keith loved building in his garden and could often be found wearing a pair of wellies and building kennels for his dogs.

“Losing someone who's really close to you is hard, it won't be the same without Bono anymore,” he continued.

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“He was with me everyday. He was always there to help and would have done anything for anyone if he could.”

“He was a good friend to me over the years, we had some gas time, all of us together, he was a funny man.”

“If there is life after death, and if you can hear me Bono, I hope you're up there smiling. I’m going to miss you Bro,” he said.

“Bono loved his family and was a proper family man, he loved his kids and Jeannette.”

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On behalf of his partner and children, a family member thanked everyone for their support.

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“He saved an awful lot of people’s lives here today…” she said to an eruption of cheers from those gathered at his funeral.

At the funeral mass, celebrant Fr Martin Hughes said although he didn’t know Mr Greene, he could tell he was a compassionate person because he had such a love for animals, and dogs in particular.

One dog was present at the mass wearing a t-shirt with the Tallaght man’s face on it along with text saying ‘Bono’.

Speaking to mourners, Fr Hughes said it’s always difficult to see a loved one go, but it is much more difficult when it is so sudden and tragic.

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“The pain you feel is the pain of being wounded by love,” he said.

"In the weeks and months ahead, sometimes that pain will be overwhelming but you will come through it.

"The fact that there are so many here in the church this morning says so much about the person that Keith was.”

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"He has touched the lives of many many people and you are here to show your respect, but you are also here to show your support to the family, which is really important.”

Motorcyles performed wheelies and burnouts outside his Tallaght home before his body was removed and taken to the church for mass.

The mass was followed by a ceremony in Bohernabreena Cemetery.

Mr Greene’s coffin was brought to the church in a horse and carriage. A large procession of people followed behind chanting “Bono”.

The father of four was described as a good friend who loved and cared for his family and had a deep connection with animals.

Keith was shot two weeks ago in a field in the Hazel Grove area of rural Tallaght.

Diarmuid Phelan (53) a senior barrister, was arrested at the scene in connection with the fatal incident.

He appeared before a sitting of Tallaght District Court on Friday February 25th charged with murder.

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