Funeral tributes to shot detective
Published 30/01/2013 | 03:15
A detective shot dead during a credit union robbery in Ireland was a virtuous man who was a perfect role model for the rest of society, his state funeral has heard.
Thousands of mourners endured sleet and near freezing temperatures to pay their respects to Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was killed as he confronted a gang of men on rural roads near his home on the Cooley peninsula near the border on Friday night.
Chief celebrant Father Michael Cusack, rector of St Joseph's Redemptorist Church in Dundalk, Co Louth, said no one could adequately put into words the pain suffered by his wife Caroline - herself a garda - and their two young children, Amy, seven, and Niall, six.
In heartbreaking scenes, Amy took to the altar the mobile phone she used to phone her father to say goodnight when he was on duty, and the television remote control she used to hide from him. Niall took a football that he and his father used to play with, as well as his favourite Manchester United jersey.
Fr Cusack said Mr Donohoe was a loyal, honest, virtuous and faithful man who laid down his life for his community.
"The whole country is gutted by what has happened," he said.
Mr Donohoe was shot in the head as he went to approach a number of men at a car on the grounds of his local credit union in the village of Lordship.
He was escorting staff with cash takings for the night. He was not originally rostered to be on duty.
In a moving eulogy, Mr Donohoe's brother Colm, also a serving garda, said he died doing the job he was born to do and that he loved.
"Adrian was incredibly highly regarded for the quality of his work, he was professional to the last and he died doing the job that he was born to do and the job that he loved," Mr Donohoe said.