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Funeral details announced for Detective Garda Colm Horkan

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Detective Garda Colm Horkan was fatally shot in Castlerea

Detective Garda Colm Horkan was fatally shot in Castlerea

Detective Garda Colm Horkan was fatally shot in Castlerea

The funeral details for Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was shot in Castlerea, Co Roscommon shortly before midnight on Wednesday have been announced.

The deceased will repose at the family home in Charlestown on Saturday afternoon, with removal from the home on Sunday morning to arrive in St Jame's Church in the town.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 12 noon, followed by a burial in the adjoining cemetery.

His family has requested for family flowers only.

His funeral service will adhere to the public health coronavirus guidelines and the mass will be broadcast online at https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/charlestown and Midwest Radio and those attending are asked to current HSE guidelines and restrictions at all times.

A garda spokesman said that in support of these guidelines: "An Garda Síochána, Garda Staff, Garda Reserves and retired members of An Garda Síochána seeking to show their respects and express their sympathy and solidarity with the family of Detective Garda Colm Horkan will parade at their local Garda Station/ permanent assigned Garda Station and will observe a formal public one (1) minutes silence at 12 noon on Sunday 21st June 2020.

"An Garda Síochánas’ minutes silence will be led by Deputy Commissioner John Twomey and the Garda Band at Garda Headquarters."

Members of the public who want to express their condolences are invited to do so by observing a one minute silence at 12pm at their own homes on Sunday.

Detective Garda Horkan is predeceased by his mother Dolores and twin sister Colette.

According to his rip.ie notice, he is survived by his father Marty, sister Deirdre, brothers Aiden, Brendan, Dermot and Padraig, sisters-in-law, aunts, Kitty (Walsh, Charlestown), Colette (Brennan) and Vera (Hora, USA), nieces, nephews and other relatives.

An online book of condolences was opened by Dublin Lord Mayor Tom Brabazon yesterday for those wishing to pay their respects.

“I have opened online Book of Condolence to allow Dubliners to express their sympathies to family and colleagues of Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was killed while on duty serving and protecting the people of Ireland,” he tweeted.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon said that since the online book was opened up yesterday, it stood at 1,000 signatures this morning.

"There's a huge feeling of solidarity and shock in Dublin for Detective Horkan," he said.

"He was a gentleman and a family man and he was cut down in the frame of his life. It's an absolute shock and it is certainly an attack on democracy when a peacekeeper is attacked."

A book of condolences is currently in Castlerea garda station and was signed by justice minister Charlie Flanagan who attended the town yesterday.

It will be open to the public once the streets of the town are reopened later this afternoon.

Books of condolences have been opened up in all garda stations across the country.

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United front in face of terror: Members of An Garda Síochána arrive at the Hub in Castlerea for a memorial service for Det Garda Colm Horkan. Picture: Frank McGrath

United front in face of terror: Members of An Garda Síochána arrive at the Hub in Castlerea for a memorial service for Det Garda Colm Horkan. Picture: Frank McGrath

United front in face of terror: Members of An Garda Síochána arrive at the Hub in Castlerea for a memorial service for Det Garda Colm Horkan. Picture: Frank McGrath

Several hundred people gathered on the main street in the town centre in Castlerea Co Roscommon yesterday evening for a vigil for Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

A small green marquee was set up in the Fairgreen in the Main Street and tributes were led by local Fianna Fáil Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice and parish priest Fr John McManus.

Heavy rain lashed down as the small town mourned the passing of the garda.

“The terrible sad occasion that happened here last night is a tragedy that I suppose we will never, ever forget,” said Cllr Fitzmaurice.

District Officer Supt Goretti Sheridan also paid tributes to the garda “friend and colleague”.

“I want to thank everyone for coming this evening, it means a lot to us.

“We’re obviously devastated at the death of our friend and colleague Colm, we appreciate your support,” she said.

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