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Mourners carry the coffin containing the body of Eamon Dunne from the Church of the Holy Family in Aughrim Street, Dublin today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The funeral has taken place of  gangland boss Eamon Dunne, who was shot dead 11 days ago in a pub in Dublin.

The Church of the Holy Family in Aughrim Street, Dublin was full for the funeral of Dunne (34) who was murdered by gunmen in the Faussagh House pub in Cabra on April 23rd.

The chief mourners arrived in a fleet of black stretch limousines. They included his parents Eamon and Margaret, his brother David, his sisters Suzanne and Lynne and his children, Amy, Séan, Libby and Ellis.

Parish priest Monsignor Dermot Clarke told the congregation that some have “lost the sense of the sacredness of human life and that is to be regretted”.

“When we were baptised we were endowed with the dignity of sons and daughters of God. Life is precious and we should value it,” he said. “Eamon’s life was cut short and it is not natural for parents to bury their own children. In the eyes of all parents, their children are always their children.”

His request that the family be allowed a dignified funeral for Dunne was heeded by the congregation. At the family’s request, signs were put asking that video or photography be allowed in the Church.

Mgsr Clarke also requested that nobody should smoke on church grounds. “The law of the land pertains here,” he told the congregation.

A football shirt, a ball and Dunne’s mobile phone were offered as gifts symbolising Dunne’s life journey.

Afterwards, his body was taken to Dardistown Cemetery for burial.

You’ll Never Walk Alone  – a song synonymous with his favourite soccer

club Liverpool – was played as his coffin was lowered into the ground.