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At his funeral this afternoon at St James’ Church in Charlestown, Co Mayo, Detective Garda Colm Horkan was described as “one of nature’s true gentlemen”, and a man who was “deeply loved”.
Just how deep that love has become was demonstrated this afternoon when all of Greystones emergency services were present outside Greystones Garda Station for a minute’s silence in honour of their fallen comrade.
It was on Wednesday night that the 49-year-old garda was shot several times by his own gun after a skirmish with man who is now facing trial for Horkan’s murder.
It was a murder that shook the country, with the book of condolences in Greystones Garda Station being echoed through every station throughout Ireland.
And this afternoon, in Greystones, former gardaí joined current members of the force to pay tribute alongside the Irish Coast Guards, the Irish Red Cross, the Greystones First Responders and other frontline heroes to hold a minute’s silence in Horkan’s honour.
At the same time, in Charlestown, a minute’s silence was also held, after hundreds of gardaí gathered from local divisions to form a guard of honour for their colleague before the coffin was carried into St James’ Church. Present was Colm Horkan’s father, Marty, his sister Deirdre, and his brothers Aiden, Brendan, Dermot and Padraig, the garda detective having been predeceased by his mother, Delores, and twin sister Colette.
Addressing the tributes to his brother all across Ireland, Brendan Horkan said they had given the family strength. “He was the rock in our family,” he said of Colm, “the man who was the glue that held it all together…”
Capturing today’s tribute in Greystones was our roving photographer, John McGowan…
You can view the full John McGowan gallery right over here.