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Saturday 21 January 2017

Thousands gather to pay last respects to Garda Tony Golden

Outdoor screens available for mourners in the church grounds and local village

Published 15/10/2015 | 10:42

Friends and colleagues pay their respects at the house of murdered Garda Tony Golden in Blackrock, Co Louth
Friends and colleagues pay their respects at the house of murdered Garda Tony Golden in Blackrock, Co Louth

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins are among the thousands of mourners at this afternoon's State funeral of Garda Tony Golden.

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Others in attendance include the Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the chief constable of the PSNI

The Church has seats for just 300 people which are reserved for family members and the official dignitaries.

Large screens are set up outside for the thousands who have arrived to attend the services and pay their respects to the tragic Garda.

Slain garda Tony Golden
Slain garda Tony Golden

Buses were also organised to ferry members of the force from all over the country.

The chief celebrant at the mass is Father Pádraig Keenan, parish priest of Haggardstown and Blackrock, Co Louth.

Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co. Louth where the funeral of murdered Garda Tony Golden will take place. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co. Louth where the funeral of murdered Garda Tony Golden will take place. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Hearse passes Blackrock garda station. Picture: Caroline Quinn
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Gardaí are closing roads into the village from 10am until after 2pm.

You can view the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden above from noon

Friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden queue outside his home in Blackrock, Co. Louth this evening to pay their respects to his family. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden queue outside his home in Blackrock, Co. Louth this evening to pay their respects to his family. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai arrive for the funeral of Garda Anthony Golden at Blackrock, Co. Louth Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Funeral of Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead in Omeath last weekend, at St Oliver Plunketts church in Blackrock, Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron
Funeral of Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead in Omeath last weekend, at St Oliver Plunketts church in Blackrock, Co Louth. Picture:Arthur Carron

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