26 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Tributes were paid in Co. Monaghan on Sunday to coincide with the State funeral in Co. Mayo of Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Mourners at the Requiem Mass in Charlestown heard that he was deeply loved and one of nature’s gentlemen. The 49-year-old sustained fatal injuries, following a shooting in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, a week ago. Detective Garda Horkan’s remains were carried through his home town to St James’s Church. Hundreds of Gardaí from local divisions gathered to form a guard of honour for their colleague.

Ahead of the funeral, President Michael D. Higgins signalled the start of a period of reflection by sounding the Peace Bell at Áras An Uachtaráin in Dublin. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar observed a minute’s silence at the nearby Garda Headquarters in Phoenix Park. At Monaghan Garda station, serving and former Gardaí lined up in tribute alongside former soldiers as well as representatives of Monaghan Fire and Rescue Service, the National Ambulance Service, and Monaghan Civil Defence.

They were joined by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and a number of Monaghan County Council members. Standing in rows and suitably distanced, the silence…

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