Belfast Telegraph

No terror show as IRA man is buried

By Richard McCullen

The funeral of a dissident republican murder victim has passed off without incident after his family asked for no paramilitary trappings at the burial.

Peter Butterly (35), from Cortown, Dunleer, Co Louth, was shot dead in the car park of the Hunstman Inn at Gormanstown, Co Meath, on March 6.

The father-of-three, a former head of the Real IRA in the Louth area, was lured to his death after receiving a phone call to meet some of his former associates.

On Saturday, around 300 people packed into St Colmcille's church in Togher for his funeral Mass. There were just two wreaths on the coffin and the family had let it be known that they did not want any paramilitary trapping or display at the burial.

The mourners were led by the dead man's wife Eithne, daughters Aoife and Ciara, son Matthew, parents Matt and Vera, and sisters Mary and Barbara.

Following the Mass, the cortege made its way to Clonmore cemetery where Mr Butterly was laid to rest.

A number of gardai observed proceedings at a discreet distance.

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