Boxer Katie Taylor offers condolences to shooting victim's family

The remains of Bobby Messett are carried to the cemetery after his funeral Mass at St Mochonog’s Church Kilmacanogue Co Wicklow yesterday

The remains of Bobby Messett are carried to the cemetery after his funeral Mass at St Mochonog’s Church Kilmacanogue Co Wicklow yesterday

Members from Mr Messett's beloved Glencormac United soccer club and Bray Wheelers Cycling Club formed guards of honour and helped carry his body through the sunshine of the ideal summer's day to remember him before he was laid to rest. "He has left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled again".

Boxing champion Katie Taylor has expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of a man shot dead in an attack that also injured her father.

His son Gary said he was one of a kind.

"First and foremost, I would like to wish my most heartfelt condolences to the family of Bobby Messett for their tragic loss. He packed more into his 50 years than a man who could live to be 100", his son Gary told mourners. "Although we are all devastated that he was taken so cruelly and way too soon, it gives us some comfort to know that he is reunited with his ma and da".

Former Ireland worldwide Damien Duff was also among those bidding farewell to the father-of-three.

"Sport played a huge role in his life, and it's where he made his closest friends", said Gary.

Members of Mr Messett's various sports clubs - including Bray Wheelers Cycling Club and Glencormac United FC - attended wearing their respective jerseys in honour of the keen athlete.

'We gather here at this church in a shocking state. The priest then told how it was Mr Messett who had organised his mother's funeral in February, and how he would often bump into him coming to the grave to pray for his parents.

'The bad news of last Tuesday morning brought devastating shock to Bobby's family, friends and local community.

Father Dan Nguyen who celebrated yesterday's mass spoke of how he and Mr Messer had struck up a friendship following the death of Bobby's mother Dolores.

"As many of you know, I have been somewhat estranged from my Dad for a number of years now".

'I have been appalled by the misuse of my name and image during the reporting of this incident in the media coverage, it has been reckless and irresponsible, and a deliberate attempt to inappropriately leverage my name to sell a story.

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