Thursday 15 November 2018

Community in shock following sad death of young mum and detective Jayne Cahill

THE VILLAGE of Castlebellingham and the wider community were steeped in sadness this week after the news that local woman and Garda detective Jayne Cahill had died following an illness.

The mum-of-one who was aged in her late thirties, was a daughter of well-known and respected publican, the late Tom Heaney and his wife, Mary, and was a native of Castlebellingham.

Detective Cahill, who was married to Garda sergeant Dermot Cahill, became a mum for the first time earlier this year to a son, Charlie.

She was a member of the Garda's elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and was one of two Gardaí attacked by a petrol bomb on O'Connell Street in 2006 during the contentious ' Love Ulster' parade.

Det. Cahill, who was based at Santry Garda station at the time, was a member of the public order unit when a petrol bomb fired by a 19-year-old set her and a colleague alight on O'Connell Street, but other Gardaí quickly came to their aid. The incident became one of the iconic pictures of the contentious incident.

Jayne, who died last Thursday, also competed in the 2004 New York Marathon to raise funds for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation in honour of her late father's memory.

Louth County councillor Pearse McGeough said the community was 'deeply saddened' by Det. Cahill's death at such a young age. He said: ' This is devastating for her whole family. She was a great person and her death is a tragic loss for her family and the whole community'.

Jayne, whose funeral took place in Clonsilla, Dublin, on Saturday last, is survived by her husband, Dermot; son, Charlie; mum, Mary; sister, Maura; brothers, Paul and Brian; father-in-law, Tony, brothers-in-law, nephews, relations and friends.