THOUSANDS of people have signed books of condolence for murdered hero Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was killed in the line of duty last Friday.
Venues across the country have been opened to allow the public to pay tribute.
At the Mansion House in Dublin, organisers were forced to open two fresh books to allow people to pay their respects.
Queues arrived around lunchtime yesterday and by 3pm more than 500 people had signed the book.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was among those who paid his condolences to the garda's family. He said there would be a strong government presence at the detective's funeral today.
"I was shocked by what happened in terms of the brutality of it," he said. "It's a reminder of what gardai have to deal with."
Dundalk Circuit Court opened yesterday for the first time since the tragedy. State solicitor Fergus Mullen paid tribute to Det Garda Donohoe at the court.
"It is perhaps only at times like these that we truly appreciate the commitment and sacrifice and risk that members of An Garda Siochana expose themselves to on a daily basis so we can all go about our daily lives in peace," he said.
A minute's silence was also observed in the court.
Hundreds also signed a condolence book at Crosserlough GFC, in Co Cavan, which was the detective's home club.
Hundreds more signed books of condolence in venues across the country.