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Sunday 25 August 2019

'She was the love of my life and I miss her every day' - Grieving husband calls for answers after garda's sudden death

Garda Annette Ahern passed away suddenly from an unknown illness

Gary and Annette Ahern
Gary and Annette Ahern
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The grieving husband of a Limerick garda who passed away earlier this year has said that he misses his late wife "every day".

Garda Annette Ahern (37) from Murroe, Co Cork passed away suddenly on September 10 from an unknown illness.

Annette's husband Gary Ahern told Independent.ie that her death was a "massive shock".

"I was out of the country working when I got a call to say that Annette had died suddenly. I had just been speaking to her that morning. A friend of hers went over to the house to visit and Annette was unresponsive leaning on the counter top. We have no idea what happened to her."

Gary added that Annette wasn't suffering from any illnesses and that the family are eagerly awaiting her autopsy reports from the coroner.

"It's more difficult not knowing what happened to Annette. We need answers. We're trying to come to terms with what happened but we don't know what happened."

The grieving husband said that Annette was "loved more than she knew" and that hundreds of people turned up to her removal and funeral.

"The gardai have been a huge support for me and Annette's family. Annette was a treasured member of An Garda Siochanna and we all miss her terribly," he said.

Gary also praised the local community in Mitchelstown, where Annette was from and said that the whole town was shut down on the day of Annette's funeral.

"The whole town went into mourning and shops were closed. It showed how much Annette was loved," he said.

Gary and Annette married in 2016 and were looking forward to their new lives together.

"Annette was a girl I could bring to any party or celebration and everyone would love her. It was love at first sight.

"She had the biggest smile and the biggest heart."

Gary also described Annette as "headstrong" and recalled how she fought her way into An Garda Siochana.

"She was half an inch too short for the guards and she was devastated. Her father will tell you how stubborn she can be and he managed to convince her to apply again when restrictions were changed. Annette was amazing, she was the love of my life and I miss her every day," he said.

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