Monday 23 October 2017

'I will miss Adrian every minute of every day for the rest of my life'

Caroline Donohoe and Adrian Donohoe pictured together before his death
Caroline Donohoe and Adrian Donohoe pictured together before his death
Caroline Donohoe, wife of the late Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe, pictured on stage with GAA Legend Michael Ó Muircheartaigh after she received a 2013 People of the Year Award on behalf of her husband
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe
Caroline Donohoe, wife of the late Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe, pictured with GAA Legend Michael Ó Muircheartaigh after she received a 2013 People of the Year Award on behalf of her husband at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Caroline Donohoe, wife of the late Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and GAA Legend Michael Ó Muircheartaigh after she received a 2013 People of the Year Award on behalf of her husband at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Caroline Donohoe walks with behind the remains of her husband, Det Garda Adrian Donohoe as he is carried from St Joseph's church after his funeral mass in Dundalk. Picture By David Conachy 30/1/2013
Caroline Donohoe, widow of murdered Garda, Adrian Donohoe, with the award he was posthumosly awarded following his murder at the Lordship credit union. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/9/13
Caroline Donohoe and the late Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe pictured together before his death; Picture: RTE
Caroline Donohoe and the late Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe on their wedding day; Picture: RTE
A picture of the late Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in the family home; Picture: RTE
Caroline Donohoe, wife of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe; Picture: RTE
Colm Donohoe, brother of the late Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe; Picture: RTE
Brendan O'Carroll, pictured after he received his 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Brendan O'Carroll, pictured on stage with Gay Byrne after he received his 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Brendan O'Carroll, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and Gay Byrne after he received his 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Fiona Doyle, pictured on stage after he received her 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Fiona Doyle, pictured with Joe Duffy after she received her 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Fiona Doyle, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and Joe Duffy after she received her 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Fionnbar and Elma Walsh, parents of the late Donal Walsh, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and Brendan O'Connor as they received a 2013 People of the Year Award on behalf of their son at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Fionnbar and Elma Walsh, parents of the late Donal Walsh, pictured after they received a 2013 People of the Year Award on behalf of their son at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Fionnbar and Elma Walsh, parents of the late Donal Walsh, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige as they received a 2013 People of the Year Award on behalf of their son at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Orla O'Sullivan, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and Rehab CEO, Angela Kerins after Orla received her 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Tom Arnold, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and Irish International Rugby Player, Rob Kearney after he received his 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.
Tom Arnold, pictured with Irish International Rugby Player, Rob Kearney after he received his 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic: Robbie Reynolds.
Tom Arnold, pictured on stage with Ceremony Host, Grainne Seoige and Irish International Rugby Player, Rob Kearney after he received his 2013 People of the Year Award at the 39th Annual People of the Awards Ceremony organised by Rehab held in the CityWest Hotel, Co. Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds.

THE WIFE of hero Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has paid tribute to her husband as “the best, the whole world”.

Speaking publicly for the first time since her husband’s murder, the mother-of-two accepted an award on his behalf at last night’s People of the Year Awards.

Before she accepted the award, a short film was played in which the hero garda’s wife, family and friends paid moving tributes as well as the huge loss they have suffered. 

“Adrian was the best father any child could ever have.

“There was nobody like Adrian and Adrian was the love of my life and I will miss him every minute of every day as long as I live,” Caroline Donohoe.

Det Gda Adrian Donohoe (41) was shot in ambush by raiders as he was escorting cash being collected from the Lordship credit union, outside Dundalk, inJanuary.

(L to R) Kathryn Thomas, Aoibhin Garrihy and Jennifer Maguire at the People of the Year Awards
(L to R) Kathryn Thomas, Aoibhin Garrihy and Jennifer Maguire at the People of the Year Awards
Nevin Maguire and David Maguire
Joan Burton
Mary Claire Hanafin and Mary Hanafin
The 39th Rehab Person of The Year Awards 2013, Dublin, Ireland - 14.09.13. Pictures: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Joan Burton
Aidan Power and his brother Sean Power
Jennifer Maguire
Joan Burton
Audrey McGrath, Kevin OConnor
Audrey McGrath
Eileen Dunne
Jennifer Maguire and husband Lau Zampareilli
Aoibheann McCaul
Aoibhin Garrihy
Fair City stars Aoibheann McCaul, Aoibhin Garrihy
Amanda OCarroll
Nuala Carey and Ann Carey
Jean Byrne, Ursula Bracken
Amanda OCarroll
Jean Byrne
Grainne Ferguson, Larry Gogan
Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici and her brother Daniel
Mairead Farrell
Jenny OCarroll, Brendan OCarroll
Kathryn Thomas
Blathnaid Treacy, Charlie Mooney
Aengus MacGrianna and his husband Terry Gill
Kathryn Thomas
Blathnaid Treacy
Loretta Brennan Glucksman
Keelin Shanley
Bryan Murray, Una Crawford OBrien

Nobody has yet been charged with his murder but inquiries are continuing.

Speaking about his State funeral, which saw thousands of gardai line the streets of Dundalk, Caroline recalled how her friends and garda colleagues kept her going.

“Coming out of the church and walking behind Adrian, I walked behind my best friend.

“And I was surrounded by my friends and that’s what kept me going,” she said.

The grieving widow, who is also a garda, explained how she met Adrian almost 20 years ago when they joined the force.

“I met Adrian in 1994 when I went to join the guards and we both went to Templemore that day.

“From the first day we met, we clicked.

“And after a few years we got married in Kilkee and we have two beautiful children, Amy and Niall.

“There’s nothing Adrian wouldn’t have done for us. Sure he was just the best, the whole world.”

Since her husband’s shocking murder – the first since the shooting dead of Detective Jerry McCabe in Adare in 1996 – Caroline has been inundated with cards and letters from well-wishers around Ireland and world.

She revealed how such letters have gotten her through times when she really needed the support.

“I have got thousands and thousands of cards and letters.

“And I have got letters on days that  I really needed them the most from people and they were just beautiful.

“There is no way I can individually thank all of the people but ... I am so humbled by it, that people thought so much of him to do that for us.

“The people of Lordship and Dundalk, and my garda colleagues have been phenomenal. There’s nothing that they wouldn’t do for us.”

She thanked the people of Lordship and Dundalk, as well as St Patrick’s GAA Club, for their help and support with Adrian’s funeral.

 Adrian’s brother Colm described his older brother as a “big man with the big heart”.

“He had so much to give in life, he had so much more to offer. He was so generous. He was good-natured. So happy.

“He was the big brother in every sense. He was very generous with his advice, with his time.

“He was a guard. I joined the guards. He was a huge influence in his advice that  he gave me in making that decision.”

Work colleague Detective Sergeant Darren Kirwan said the father-of-two loved his job and was a role model to younger gardai.

“Adrian was a brilliant guard. He loved his job. I think it was his calling.

“He always wanted to be one and he’d tell you that himself.

“He just loved coming into work every day and he got involved in any investigation that he could and it was all about helping people.

“And he was a great role model for younger guards coming in that were trying to learn the ropes in a big town like Dundalk.

“But if there were things to be done, as I used to say, Adrian would get it done.

“He was absolutely a role model in the job and he is a huge loss to the community here.”

Family friend Pat Finnegan said Adrian had a “great time for everyone and something to say to everyone”.

“He was brilliant. The kids used to love him. He had a great presence with the kids once they’d see him coming, they would be all over to him.

“He was just magic with children.

“I suppose you could call him a gentle giant and it’s an awful pity that he’s gone from us.”

Seamus Savage, a friend and member of St Patrick’s GAA Club, spoke from the Adrian Donohoe Park, a pitch which has been named in honour of the late garda.

“No matter when you came in the gates of this field, the first person you would see was Adrian,” Seamus said.

“And you’d hear him coaxing kids to get the best out of them. Never an angry word out of him, it was always enthusiastic and pushing kids to do their best but never giving out. It was always kind words to them to get the best out of them.

“It’s very hard to believe he’s gone from the community.

“He’s left such a big vacuum in the community and he will never be forgotten. Wherever you are, I hope you Rest In Peace. Thank you,” said an emotional Mr Savage.

Legendary GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh presented the award last night to Caroline Donohoe at the Rehab People of the Year Awards in Citywest, which were hosted by Grainne Seoige.

“Adrian Donohoe was  a family man,” he said.

“Much loved by Caroline, and Niall and Amy , his parents, his brothers and sisters. He will be remembered by the GAA community and the children whom he coached and in turn by their children who go on to play and attend the Adrian Donohoe Park in the Wee County of Louth

“Let the loss of this brave officer remind us lest we forget that there are people there who look out for us without being asked.

“And tonight let’s be proud that we still live in communities that produce people like Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.”

 

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