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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shots fired in tribute at Collopy funeral

The funeral of Philip Collopy takes place this morning in Limerick under the watchful eye of armed Regional Support Gardai.

Last night the body of the 29 year old, who had shot himself by accident at his home over the weekend was taken to St Mary’s Church in a horse drawn carriage.

His body was dressed in army camouflage and his coffin draped in an Irish flag. One report states he was wearing a bullet proof vest.

At least 12 shots were fired from the back of the Island Field in tribute to the known gang member as his cortage travelled through the area on the way to the church.

There has been a heavy Gardai presence in the Island Field area this week as extended family congregated at the family home.

Burial takes place in Castle-mungret cemetery this morning.

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City Centre traffic was brought to a halt around midday Wednesday as the cortage made it’s long and winding way through Limerick City to castle-mungret. Patrick Street, O Connell Street Shannon Street were all shut down for a time.

White doves and pigeons were released by mourners at the grave site.

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