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Cllr Joe Sullivan signs the book of condolence with Garda James Whelan

Cllr Joe Sullivan signs the book of condolence with Garda James Whelan

Members of the gardaí were joined by members of the emergency services, frontline workers and the public as they observed a minute’s silence in memory of Detective Garda Colm Horkan outside Gorey Garda Station on Sunday

Members of the gardaí were joined by members of the emergency services, frontline workers and the public as they observed a minute’s silence in memory of Detective Garda Colm Horkan outside Gorey Garda Station on Sunday

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Cllr Joe Sullivan signs the book of condolence with Garda James Whelan

As the country still comes to terms with the tragic death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan originally from Charlestown, Mayo, who was killed in the line of duty close to Castlerea Garda Station, Gardaí in Gorey have been paying their respects.

A book of condolence has been opened as Gorey Garda Station, and on Sunday a large crowd of current and retired gardaí, front-line workers, local representatives, members of the public and other emergency service personnel stood together at a social distance.

A minute's silence was held in honour of the late Detective Garda, and Father Billy Flynn and Canon Mark Hayden led the community in prayer.

Sergeant Stephen Ennis described the display as a 'fitting tribute given the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic'.

Chairperson of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District and former detective garda Joe Sullivan was present, and signing the book of condolences he said that devastating acts of violence have no place in modern society.

'The killing of Detective on duty is an outrageous act of violence, devastating to the family involved and the community a as whole.

'As member of An Garda Siochána in Gorey for more than 20 years, I recall being out on my own as a detective regularly,' he said.

Gardaí and Gorey Garda Station said that there had been a steady stream of people in to sign the book of condolences since it opened.

'They are leaving messages of sympathy for the family of deceased as well as the organisation itself. We appreciate the outpouring of support that we've got from the community,' said Sgt Ennis.

Reflecting on the tragic incident, gardaí expressed their shock at the randomness and the uniqueness of this type of attack in what is quite a quiet district, describing what happened as 'unreal'.

The book of condolences is due to remain open until the end of the week.

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