Irish gangster killed in car crash buried in gold coffin

The funeral of crash victim gangster Stephen OReilly
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The funeral of an Irish gangster saw floral poster tributes to 'the real Pablo' and a massive gold-coloured coffin lifted through a front window of a house.

Stephen O'Reilly, of Beech Park West in Athlone, Co Westmeath, died in a single vehicle road crash last Monday, May 20. He was pronounced deceased at the scene on the L1005 at Bracknagh near Clonbullogue in Edenderry, Co Offaly.

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The father-of-one, formerly of Greystones in Wicklow, was regarded as a violent and dangerous criminal with convictions for burglaries and serious offences.

His funeral at the weekend saw him buried in a large gold-coloured coffin which was lifted into his home in Beechpark West through a front window for his wake.

Videos showed six men and a woman carrying the large gold-coloured coffin from a hearse with Tina Turner's 'Simply the Best' playing and placing it through the front window of his home. A male voice is heard saying 'He's coming home the way he was out."

Floral tribute at the wake
Floral tribute at the wake -Credit:No credit

Large floral tributes were on display outside Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Coosan, Athlone, on Saturday for the slain gangster's funeral Mass. One elaborate display showed a container full of white powder with the words 'No Comment' underneath it, while another showed a portrait of the gangster showing off his physique with the words 'The real Pablo. The one and only Gangster Reilly.""

Other images on large floral displays showed a mobile phone and a bottle of black pepper with the name of a detective underneath reading: Detective .....0 Reilly 1, taunting An Garda Siochana.

Earlier, pals of the gangster, who was in his 30s, paid tribute to him following his sudden death with one pal writing on social media: "It feels like a terrible dream," while another wrote: "Literally can't come to terms with it or even think its true."

Another pal wrote: "What are we gonna do without you at all. I can't believe I'm even writing this. I'm so, so heartbroken over ya Reilly. It feels like a terrible dream, it doesn't feel real at all. Like why did God have to take you. It really is true he definitely only takes the best. We are all in bits. I wish I could change this,"

The funeral of crash victim gangster Stephen OReilly
The funeral of crash victim gangster Stephen OReilly -Credit:No credit

Another pal wrote: "Literally can't come to terms with it or even think it's true. You were a true Legend and always a great laugh. A fella with a heart of gold and do anything for your friends and family. So many funny memories I'll never forget ya for the things ya done for me."

In the aftermath of the funeral, a video shared on social media showed a male lying face down on the ground with a scrambler bike beside him shortly after he was arrested by gardai.

In a statement, An Garda Siochana said: "Gardaí arrested and charged a male, 30s, in Athlone, County Westmeath on Saturday, May 25 for road traffic offences. As this matter is currently before the courts, An Garda Síochána is not in a position to comment further."

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