Keane Mulready-Woods' funeral takes place after 'weeks of waiting' as mass hears no-one has right to 'play God'

MOURNERS today gathered to pay tribute at the funeral of an Irish teen who was tortured and decapitated in a brutal gang execution.

The teenager, from Louth, was beheaded and his body cut up as part of a chilling gang war in Drogheda last month.

His severed head was found in a blazing Volvo hatchback in Drumcondra, Dublin.

Two days earlier his severed limbs had been found in a Puma sports bag thrown out of a moving car around five miles away in Coolock, Dublin.

Cops are still hunting for his missing torso.

Detectives believe Keane was tortured and murdered as part of a drugs war between crews based in Drogheda, a town north of Dublin.

Mourners gathered at the Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove, to remember the tragic teenager this morning.


Father Phil Gaffney said: "And so, after all these weeks of waiting, we come here today to bury the mortal remains of Keane.

"There is a great sense of relief that, at last, the waiting has come to an end.

"Now the mourning can begin, and the burial take place, and proper respect be paid to his memory and prayers be offered for his eternal rest and happiness.

"Our first reaction today is one of great sympathy for Keane’s parents and family for the great crime committed against a brother and a son, for the great wrong that was done to them.

"Along with that there has to be great anger and even sadness, great fear and pain perhaps, at the thought that we live in a society where certain people took upon themselves to “play God” with regard to the life of Keane Mulready Woods.

"They took upon themselves to be judge and jury, and executioner. What arrogance. What appalling wickedness and evil.

"God alone is the Lord of Life – from its beginning to its end.

"No-one can, under any circumstances, claim for himself, the right to directly destroy another human being."


He told the packed church: "To say that the death of Keane has shocked and appalled the town of Drogheda would be a total understatement.

"This young man, at the time not 18 years of age, has been lost in the most gruesome way to his family.
"We know that Keane’s tragic death has devastated you.

"We all want to reach out to you with love and reassurance. We all want to gather round you to uphold you. We want to mourn with you. We want to pray with you for Keane."


Father Gaffney said he hopes the tragedy "will be a warning to other teenagers".

The priest continued: "Keane had his troubles and was young and naive enough to fall in with the wrong people, not knowing or anticipating the dire consequences.

"I hope that his death will be a warning to other young teenagers who are been groomed by the ruthless criminals, that the promise of money and gifts will inevitably end in tragedy."

The teenager will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery.

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