WIDOWED Caroline Donohoe's stoicism in the face of heartbreaking loss was bravery in action. Her head bowed under the weight of her grief, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe's wife said a final goodbye to her beloved husband.
But if there is any crumb of comfort to be found, perhaps it is in the fact that she is not grieving alone.
Surrounding her in Dundalk were her extended family, and 4,000 members of her wider family, An Garda Siochana.
They stood shoulder to shoulder, a wall of blue united against the brutality of the murder of the detective garda.
Then there were the heads of state and government -- the President, Taoiseach and Cabinet. Surrounding them were the people of Dundalk and Lordship, where the Donohoes lived and worked.
But beyond the county of Louth, a nation mourned too. The people of Ireland, angered and affronted by an attack on democracy and decency, were there in thought and spirit.
In their hundreds of thousands, they offered prayers and sympathy and support.
Behind Caroline, in the dark days ahead for her and her family, stands not only a blue line. For the green, white and orange stands with her too. And with each citizen, a steely resolve that evil will never prevail.