Ireland Bobby Messett's son gives emotional eulogy at funeral of innocent fitness fanatic shot at Bray Boxing Club

08:21  09 june  2018
08:21  09 june  2018 Source:   independent.ie

Tributes pour in for shooting victim Bobby 'Dazzler' Messett killed by gunman in Bray

  Tributes pour in for shooting victim Bobby 'Dazzler' Messett killed by gunman in Bray The 50-year-old dad was gunned down after a man stormed Bray boxing club on TuesdayBobby was shot dead at Bray Boxing Club after a man stormed the building and fired shots at around 6.55 am - two other men, including Katie Taylor's dad Pete, suffered serious injuries.

The victim of the shooting at Bray Boxing club has been named locally as Bobby Messett . The fitness fanatic from Boghall Road in Bray had been upstairs at a fitness class being run by Katie Taylor’ s father Pete when he was shot dead.

Tributes pour in for shooting victim Bobby 'Dazzler' Messett killed by gunman in Bray . The 50-year-old dad was gunned down after a man stormed Bray boxing club on TuesdayBobby was shot dead at Bray Boxing Club after a man stormed the building and fired shots at around 6.55 am

The funeral mass of Bobby Messett took place in Wicklow on Friday © Provided by Irish Independent The funeral mass of Bobby Messett took place in Wicklow on Friday THE funeral of Bobby Messett, who was shot dead in the Bray Boxing Club gun attack last Tuesday, has heard how he packed more into his 50 years than many who live to be 100.

There were emotional scenes as the coffin of the grandfather of three was carried to St Mochonog’s Church is his home village of Kilmacanogue, in Co Wicklow today.

Club members from Bobby’s beloved Glencormac United soccer club and Bray Wheeler’s cycling club, formed guards of honour and help carry him through the heat of the perfect summer day to remember him before he was laid to rest.

Bray people left stunned by shooting: 'It's a huge shock for it to happen here in what is a lovely scenic town'

  Bray people left stunned by shooting: 'It's a huge shock for it to happen here in what is a lovely scenic town' Three men were shot on Tuesday, one fatally, in an early morning attack at Bray Boxing Club.The gym is right beside Bray Harbour and just like any other day, people were there early on Tuesday morning to get a workout in at the start of their day. Around 15 to 20 people had gathered in the boxing gym for their early morning workout.

Investigations into the shooting at Bray Boxing Club in Wicklow are focusing on the gunman ' s getaway car. Most Read in Ireland. Fitness enthusiast killed in Bray shooting named as Bobby Messett ; Pete Taylor injured.

PETE Taylor’ s gym have paid an emotional tribute to Bobby Messett after he was shot dead at Bray Boxing Club . The innocent father-of-three, 51, was brutally blasted in the head when he opened the door to a masked gunman at 6.55am yesterday morning.

“Everyone who knew my dad Bobby knew that he was one of a kind. He packed more into his 50 years than a man who could live to be 100,” his son Gary told mourners.

“He was a family man most importantly, and lived by everyone around him. 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,” he added.

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Bobby’s mother Delores died a little over three months ago.

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

“My Da never sat still for a minute. He loved to keep busy, and he did just that. He has left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled again. Rest in peace Da, until we meet again, we all love you,” he concluded.

Gardaí to warn Taylor of threat to his life

  Gardaí to warn Taylor of threat to his life GardaÍ are expected to officially warn boxing coach Pete Taylor there is an active threat against his life and offer him personal security advice as their investigation into the Bray gym bloodbath continues. Officers interviewed Mr Taylor, the father of Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor, while he was being treated in St Vincent's Hospital on Tuesday night, but he was "groggy" due to the effects of medication. They expect to speak to him in far more detail in the coming days.

The man gunned down in a triple shooting at Bray Boxing Club this morning has been named. Wicklow is in mourning for the second time in two weeks following the death of innocent Bobby Messett , 50.

An innocent dad died instantly when he was shot in the head by a gunman intent on killing Olympic boxing trainer Pete Taylor. The body of 50-year-old Bobby Messett is removed from the Bray Boxing Club (Image: PA).

Gifts brought to the altar encapsulated Bobby’s rich family and sporting life. His No 5 Glencormac United jersey, a picture of his pigeons, a Liverpool crest, golf balls, a photo of his three grandchildren, his boxing gloves, his cycling helmet, and finally, a bottle of rum to “send him on his way”.

Family flowers only were requested, with anyone wishing to make donations asked to give to the NMH Foundation.

Mr Messett is survived by his children Gary, Bobby and Demi, their mother Jackie, partner Natalie and her son Alex, sister Paula, brothers Jimmy and Glenn, grandchildren Lilly, Darcie, and Poppie, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Among the mourners was former Ireland international Damien Duff.

It is believed Bobby was the first to be hit because he was close to the door where the gunman entered.

The innocent Kilmacanogue man was in the gym with up to 20 others to attend a gym session.

Boxing trainer Peter Taylor, the father of Olympic gold medalist Katie, and another man, Ian Britton, were injured in the attack, and were also prayed for by the celebrant F Dan Nguyen.

After the funeral mass the coffin was carried the short distance to the adjoining cemetery for burial in the family plot as a soloist sang You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Pete Taylor 'utterly heartbroken' by tragic death of Bobby Messett .
The boxing coach is still in hospital receiving treatmentThe boxing coach is believed to have been the target of the gunman who stormed Bray Boxing Club before killing the dad-of-three and shooting Taylor and another man.

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