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In the line of duty: Tragedies are rare, but they cast a long and painful shadow

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Det Gda Adrian Donohoe

Det Gda Adrian Donohoe

Det Gda Adrian Donohoe

The country woke to the horrific news that yet another member of An Garda Síochána had lost their life in the line of duty.

In the early hours, Garda Colm Horkan, a highly respected and popular detective, based in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, was shot and killed while responding to a call-out.

Horrendous tragedies like this are thankfully rare in Ireland -but they cast a long and painful shadow in the communities where they happen.