The removal of the ambitious footballer and apprentice plumber-gunned down going about his work-brought city centre traffic to a stop.
Hundreds of heads remained bowed as his coffin was carried down Thomas Street and into St John’s Lane church. Bagpipe airs filled the night as gardaí slowed cars to a halt.
Friends from Anthony’s local football club, Bradog United, also led a guard of honour inside carrying his coloured jersey.
Anthony, 20, from St Michan’s House flats, was fixing a radiator in Finglas last week when a gunman shot him dead as a drug dealer was being assassinated. Murdered in the prime of his youth, his callous killing shocked all, said Fr Sean McArdle during the removal.
“Not only in this community, but throughout the city and all over the country.”
Thoughts and prayers were with Christine, Anthony’s mother, Noel, his father, his stepmother Edel and three siblings Amy, Travis and Noel, as well as his grandparents and great grandmother, added Fr McArdle.
“Anthony was a young person full of life, loved by his family and friends,” he said.
All were devastated by Anthony’s death, the packed church heard.
During the ceremony, images of Anthony’s life from a young age flashed across a slide screen by the alter. Pictured with his family and friends, the Dublin youngster was remembered as ‘Flying Without Wings’ by Westlife and Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’ were sung to mourners.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was represented at the removal by Defence Forces member Commandant Michael Murray, who paid his respects to Anthony’s family.
Beside Anthony’s coffin lay wreaths with personal messages and symbols including those shaped in the words Son, Godson, Cousin.
His funeral will be held in the same church this morning at 10am. His remains will then be driven to Newlands Cross cemetery for burial.