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Hundreds of mourners travel from around the world for gypsy funeral

More than 1,000 mourners turned out for the funeral of a popular traveller famous for training horses who had a whopping 140 grandchildren.

Beloved Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doran was laid to rest in Leeds, West Yorkshire yesterday surrounded by his adoring friends and family who travelled from all over the world to attend.

Amazing pictures of the funeral cortege show exuberant floral displays, including one in the shape of a caravan, and a golden carriage carrying loved ones. 

Family members of Paddy Doran carried his coffin through the streets of Leeds, West Yorkshire. The Irish traveller, who had 140 grandchildren died on January 18 at the age of 91

Extravagant floral displays followed his coffin, including this tribute spelling out the word Daddy on the back of this immaculate Mark 1 Ford Transit

Extravagant floral displays followed his coffin, including this tribute spelling out the word Daddy on the back of this immaculate Mark 1 Ford Transit 

Four horses draped in the Irish tricolour pulled a glass carriage with Mr Doran's coffin at the head of the funeral cortege

Four horses draped in the Irish tricolour pulled a glass carriage with Mr Doran’s coffin at the head of the funeral cortege 

Hundreds of people stood outside the church to greet the coffin ahead of his funeral mass yesterday in Leeds, West Yorkshire

Hundreds of people stood outside the church to greet the coffin ahead of his funeral mass yesterday in Leeds, West Yorkshire

Floral tributes included a model of a horse and a van followed by a horse box all carried on the back of a trailer

Floral tributes included a model of a horse and a van followed by a horse box all carried on the back of a trailer 

Mr Doran’s coffin was in a magnificent glass-panelled carriage being pulled by four horses with the Irish flag draped over their backs.

The family man was born and raised in Wexford in the southeast of Ireland before moving to West Yorkshire when he was in his 20s.

He made his name as a skilled horse trainer and became affectionately known as ‘Rich’ Paddy Doran by those who knew him.

After a long and colourful life the dad-of-12 passed away from natural causes on January 18 at the age of 91.

He leaves behind hundreds of family members and his wife of 70 years, Mary. 

Several of the mourners travelled to the funeral on immaculately-painted horse drawn carriages

Several of the mourners travelled to the funeral on immaculately-painted horse drawn carriages  

Mr Doran moved to Leeds from the Irish south east when he was in his 20s and was known as a successful horse trainer

Mr Doran moved to Leeds from the Irish south east when he was in his 20s and was known as a successful horse trainer

A priest waited outside the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds to greet Mr Doran's coffin before the funeral Mass

A priest waited outside the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds to greet Mr Doran’s coffin before the funeral Mass

One mourner arranged some photographs on the back of a restored Mark 1 Transit Van outside the church yesterday

One mourner arranged some photographs on the back of a restored Mark 1 Transit Van outside the church yesterday 

His funeral was held yesterday at the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

His grandson John Taylor, a 29-year-old car trader and property developer, described Mr Doran as a ‘talented family man’.

He added: ‘Paddy was an absolute gentleman, anyone who knew him would tell you the same.

‘He was family family orientated and love them with all his heart.

‘Paddy was also a very good businessman and knew how to make money – lots of people knew him as ‘Rich’.’

John added: ‘We have a very big family and to see so many of them turn out today is amazing.

‘It’s definitely the send off Paddy deserves.’

Family members raised Mr Doran's coffin onto their shoulders as he commenced his final journey

Family members raised Mr Doran’s coffin onto their shoulders as he commenced his final journey 

Mourners stared into the distance as they carried Mr Doran's silver coffin along the road

Mourners stared into the distance as they carried Mr Doran’s silver coffin along the road 

Many of the floral tributes featured the colours of the Irish flag and some of them surrounded photographs of Mr Doran and members of his family

Many of the floral tributes featured the colours of the Irish flag and some of them surrounded photographs of Mr Doran and members of his family 

Mourners carried floral tributes and items associated with Mr Doran's life into the church ahead of the funeral mass

Mourners carried floral tributes and items associated with Mr Doran’s life into the church ahead of the funeral mass 

Mr Doran, who had 12 children and 140 grandchildren also leaves behind his wife of 70 years Mary

Mr Doran, who had 12 children and 140 grandchildren also leaves behind his wife of 70 years Mary 

One of the floral tributes featured a caravan which his heavily associated with the Irish traveller lifestyle

One of the floral tributes featured a caravan which his heavily associated with the Irish traveller lifestyle 

One Irish tricolour had been prepared with the legend 'Rest In Peace Paddy Doran' printed in gold lettering and carried on a horse drawn carriage

One Irish tricolour had been prepared with the legend ‘Rest In Peace Paddy Doran’ printed in gold lettering and carried on a horse drawn carriage 

Mr Doran's family repainted a horsebox including a photograph of their father and grandfather with the caption 'In memory of Paddy Doran RIP Legend'

Mr Doran’s family repainted a horsebox including a photograph of their father and grandfather with the caption ‘In memory of Paddy Doran RIP Legend’ 

Several horse boxes joined the funeral cortege to mark Mr Doran's life-long involvement in the bloodstock industry

Several horse boxes joined the funeral cortege to mark Mr Doran’s life-long involvement in the bloodstock industry 

Members of Mr Doran's family rode to the funeral on horse drawn carriages. Horses form a massive part of the culture of Irish travellers

Members of Mr Doran’s family rode to the funeral on horse drawn carriages. Horses form a massive part of the culture of Irish travellers 

Mourners stood around the Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds waiting for Mr Doran's funeral Mass to begin

Mourners stood around the Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds waiting for Mr Doran’s funeral Mass to begin 

A child helped carry a floral tribute of a car with working headlights into the church for Mr Doran's funeral Mass

A child helped carry a floral tribute of a car with working headlights into the church for Mr Doran’s funeral Mass 

A lone piper played a lament as mourners stood outside the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds yesterday

A lone piper played a lament as mourners stood outside the Catholic Church of the Holy Rosary in Leeds yesterday 

Several horse drawn carriages followed the funeral cortege as it made its way through the streets of Leeds

Several horse drawn carriages followed the funeral cortege as it made its way through the streets of Leeds

Several photographs showed Mr Doran leading his beloved blood stock at an unitentified horse fair

Several photographs showed Mr Doran leading his beloved blood stock at an unitentified horse fair

The four horses leading the funeral cortege had plumes in the colour of the Irish tricolour

The four horses leading the funeral cortege had plumes in the colour of the Irish tricolour

  

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