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Hundreds queue to pay their respects to murdered Garda Tony Golden

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Published 14/10/2015 | 18:10

Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co. Louth where the funeral of murdered Garda Tony Golden will take place tomorrow. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co. Louth where the funeral of murdered Garda Tony Golden will take place tomorrow. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Hundreds of friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden arrived at his home in Blackrock, Co. Louth today to pay their respects at his wake before the state funeral tomorrow.

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People lined up during the afternoon at the house in a quiet estate in the village to offer condolences to Garda Golden's family, including his widow Nicola and their three young children, Lucy, Alex and Andrew, his parents Breege and David, his sister Mary and brothers David, Kenneth, Patrick and Sean.

Fine Gael Senator Jim D’Arcy, who is a neighbour of the Golden family, described the slain Garda as “a real family man - they’re very much part of the community.”

The 36-year-old was shot dead while responding to a domestic abuse case at a house near Omeath in Co Louth on Sunday evening. Gunman Adrian Crevan Mackin also shot and critically wounded his ex-partner Siobhan Phillips, before turning the gun on himself.

The seaside town was getting ready for the massive crowds expected at the funeral in the local church, St. Oliver Plunkett, tomorrow at noon which will be attended by President Michael D. Higgins, the Taoiseach and other members of the Oireachtas. Neither the Dáil or Seanad will be sitting tomorrow, and flags will fly at half-mast on all public buildings.

The tricolour was already at half-mast in Garda Golden’s hometown as preparations were underway for the thousands of members of the Force due to attend the funeral. Road closures in the area will be in place from 10am.

Earlier today, the parents of 21-year old Siobhan Phillips who is fighting for her life in Dublin’s Beaumont hospital, paid tribute to the policeman. “Garda Golden, in the service and protection of others, laid down his life for my daughter Siobhan, myself and my family - there are no words to express our gratitude for his bravery," said Sean Phillips who had accompanied the pair to the estate in Omeath where the tragedy unfolded on Sunday evening.

Siobhan Phillips (inset, left) and Garda Tony Golden (inset, right) and the scene of the tragedy
Siobhan Phillips (inset, left) and Garda Tony Golden (inset, right) and the scene of the tragedy
Siobhan Phillips, who is fighting for her life after shooting
Flowers at Omeath Garda Station after the murder of Garda Tony Golden. Picture: Mark Condren
A woman expresses sympathy with senior gardaí John Twomey and Donall Ó Cualain after a prayer service at Dundalk Garda Station. Photo: Mark Condren
An ambulance service worker signs a book of condolence for Tony Golden at Dundalk Garda Station. Photo: Mark Condren
The Book of Condolences for the late Garda Anthony Golden at Dundalk Garda Station, Co. Louth. Photo: Caroline Quinn
The Book of Condolences for the late Garda Anthony Golden at Dundalk Garda Station, Co. Louth. Photo: Caroline Quinn
An Irish flag flies at half mast at Dundalk Garda Station, in honour of the late Garda Anthony Golden. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
People arrive at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
Archdeacon of Dublin David Pierpoint arriving at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station for a mass after the murder of Garda Anthony Golden. Pic:Mark Condren 13.10.2015
The scene of the shooting in Omeath, Co Louth
Flowers are left at the scene of the shooting of Garda Tony Golden in Omeath
Gardai at the estate entrance at the scene of the fatal shooting involving Garda Tony Golden at Mullach Alainn housing estate in Omeath Co Louth. Pic Steve Humphreys 12th October 2015.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at Dundalk Garda Station during a press conference on the death of Garda Tony Golden
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the scene of the shooting of Gda Tony Golden in Omeath, Co Louth
Flowers are left at Omeath Garda Station
Tony Golden was the 88th member of the force to be killed in the line of duty
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the scene of the fatal shooting in Omeath Co Louth. Pic Steve Humphreys 12th October 2015.

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