Friday 30 September 2016

Remembering gardaí who made greatest sacrifice

Cathal McMahon

Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald greet Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan at the memorial day for gardaí killed on duty Photo: Mark Condren
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald greet Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan at the memorial day for gardaí killed on duty Photo: Mark Condren

It was a day to remember all officers who lost their lives in the line of duty - and tragically this year there was another name on the list.

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Garda Tony Golden was shot dead while responding to a domestic dispute in Co Louth in October of last year.

Nicola Golden, widow of Garda Tony Golden, is presented with a remembrance medal by the Commissioner Photo: Mark Condren
Nicola Golden, widow of Garda Tony Golden, is presented with a remembrance medal by the Commissioner Photo: Mark Condren

In a moving moment at the annual memorial day for deceased members of An Garda Síochána on Saturday, his grieving widow Nicola was presented with a remembrance medal by Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.

The garda chief, who was joined at the event by Justice Minister and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, went on to pay tribute to Garda Golden after telling the gathering that 88 members of the force had died in the line of duty since its inception.

"Tragically, of course, that number increased since we were here last year, with the death of our colleague Garda Anthony Golden," she told the gathering at the Garda Garden of Remembrance.

"Courage was what was undoubtedly shown by Garda Golden. A committed community guard who was protecting a vulnerable person, Tony was murdered in cold blood for simply doing his job.

Caroline Donohoe, widow of Garda Adrian Donohoe, was also at the event Photo: Mark Condren
Caroline Donohoe, widow of Garda Adrian Donohoe, was also at the event Photo: Mark Condren

"His bravery, his courage and resolve will never be forgotten by the community of Omeath, the country he served, the Garda family and his own loved ones."

The Commissioner also paid tribute to Det Garda Adrian Donohoe who was also shot in Co Louth. Det Garda Donohoe's young son, who was just six when his father was murdered in January 2013, read a prayer at the solemn ceremony.

Garda Tony Golden
Garda Tony Golden
Garda Adrian Donohoe Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Garda Adrian Donohoe Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

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