Slain Garda Tony Golden to be honoured with State funeral
Slain Garda Tony Golden will be buried tomorrow after a full State funeral.
The body of the murdered officer was brought back to his family home in Blackrock, Co Louth, last night, to his wife Nicola and adoring children Lucy, Alex and Andrew, where he will repose later today.
The requiem Mass will take place at 12 noon tomorrow at the Church of St Oliver Plunkett in Blackrock. This will be followed by burial at St Paul's in nearby Heynestown.
President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are expected to be among the dignitaries attending, along with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
The chief celebrant for the Mass will be Father Pádraig Keenan, Parish Priest of Haggardstown Blackrock, Co Louth, in the Archdiocese of Armagh.
The Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Dean Colum Curry, will preside at this Mass and will represent Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh.
From the Diocese of Killala, Bishop John Fleming and Father Gerard O'Hora VF, Parish Priest of Ballina, will also be in attendance.
Garda Chaplain Fr Joe Kennedy said the life of Garda Golden will be celebrated despite the tragic circumstances of his death.
He was remembered by Garda colleagues at a prayer service in Dundalk yesterday as a big, gentle, quiet and kind man who did his job without fuss and who was a devoted father to his three young children and husband to wife Nicola.
Gda Golden's family have requested that instead of flowers, donations can made to the North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation.