Family of slain garda thank public for support
The family of Garda Tony Golden have expressed their "eternal gratitude" to all those who have supported them since the death of the father of three.
Garda Golden was shot dead on October 11, as he helped domestic violence victim Siobhán Phillips to leave her home in Omeath, Co Louth.
The gunman, Adrian Crevan Mackin, then killed himself.
As Garda Golden's family marked the month anniversary of his death, they paid a touching tribute to all those who had supported them and contacted them through cards and letters since the tragic death.
"To all of those who accompanied Anthony on his final journey, your presence meant more to us than words could ever express," they added.
In a memorial piece in the Mayo newspaper 'The Western People', they thanked everyone who had sent prayers and messages of support or called to their home, saying: "Your words of comfort and prayers remain with us always."
Paying tribute to the slain garda's colleagues, the Golden family thanked all members, serving and retired, for supporting them "while mourning one of their own". They praised in particular the "phenomenal support" given to them by Garda Golden's colleagues in Omeath, Dundalk and Ballina.
They remembered him as a guardian of the peace saying: "Anthony laid down his life in the protection of others."
Special mention was made of the "beautiful tribute" afforded to Garda Golden in the guard of honour provided by his thousands of colleagues.
The family also remembered the community of Omeath, where he served, thanking them for their candlelit vigil and prayer service.
"We greatly appreciated all the fond memories and stories they have shared with us and the clear love they felt for Anthony and the pain they felt at his passing," they wrote.