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Honouring a fallen comrade

Mallow remembrance ceremony for Det. Garda Colm Horkan

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Superintendent Billy Dwane signs the book of condolence at Mallow Garda Station on Sunday.

Superintendent Billy Dwane signs the book of condolence at Mallow Garda Station on Sunday.

Superintendent Billy Dwane signs the book of condolence at Mallow Garda Station on Sunday.

Over 130 Gardaí from all ranks were present at a poignant memorial ceremony at Mallow Garda Station at Bowling Green last Sunday morning to remember their murdered colleague, Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

Uniformed and plain clothes gardaí from all stations and sub stations throughout North Cork, and some retired members of the force, observed a minute's silence as the nearby St. Mary's Church clock rang out 12 noon.

Superintendent Billy Dwane spoke briefly before calling the Garda line-up to attention.

Fr Sean Corkery led prayers from the podium at the front of Mallow Garda Station before flautist Sheleen Glynn provided very appropriate musical airs for the occasion.

Also present were local Labour councillor James Kennedy and representatives from Mallow-Charleville Red Cross, National Ambulance Service, North Cork First Responders, Mallow Search and Rescue Unit, Civil Defence and the Mallow and Charleville Fire Service.

Local people were also present to pay tribute to the late detective.

A book of condolence is still open at Mallow Garda Station.

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