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Thursday 17 April 2014

Murdered garda honoured with award

Sgt Morrissey’s wife Bernadette, son Martin, daughters Aideen and
Mary and grandchildren Matilda, Hazel and Lochlann
Sgt Morrissey’s wife Bernadette, son Martin, daughters Aideen and Mary and grandchildren Matilda, Hazel and Lochlann

A Garda sergeant murdered 28 years ago has been awarded the Freedom of Drogheda and is the first person to receive it posthumously.

Sgt Patrick Morrissey (49), who was unarmed, was shot dead as he pursued armed robbers on foot near Tallanstown, Co Louth, on June 27, 1985.

Michael McHugh, from Crossmaglen, and Noel Callan, from Monaghan, were jailed for 40 years for the capital murder of the garda after the armed raid on the Labour Exchange in Ardee.

Last night Drogheda Mayor Paul Bell said the award was meant "to both remember and honour posthumously one of Drogheda's bravest sons".

Accepting the award was Sgt Morrissey's widow Bernadette who said: "It is important for us to remember the bravery and dedication of the members of An Garda Siochana and all who daily risk their lives in the service of their community.

"We remember in a special way this evening the family of Garda Adrian Donohoe. We must never take for granted the role of An Garda Siochana in protecting us – daily they risk their lives for us."

A native of Cavan, Sgt Morrissey was a founding member of the Garda Sub Aqua Unit.

Irish Independent

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