The Funeral took place in Charlestown of Detective Garda Colm Horkan yesterday afternoon.

An emotive State funeral Mass took place at St Jame’s Church as family and friends, members of An Garda Síochána, Charlestown GAA and the wider community paid their final farewell to the popular Garda.

Hundreds of Gardaí and members of the public took part in a socially distanced guard of honour as Detective Horkan’s body made its way to the church for the funeral service.

Mayo GAA Clubs flew their colours at half mast as a mark of respect to the 49-year-old and a minutes silence was observed by members of An Garda Síochána and other emergency services for Mr Horkan.

The Taoiseach observed it at Garda headquarters in Dublin's Phoenix Park along with members of the force.

The funeral was watched and listened to widely across the country on Midwest Radio and was shown on a large screen at Charlestown Sarsfields GAA pitch.

In attendance at the funeral as a representative of the Government was Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

Chief Celebrant Monsignor Tommy Johnston PP of Charlestown described Colm as a man who was ‘dearly loved and respected in the community.’

The Garda community were to the fore in the State funeral Mass.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that Colm epitomised what every Garda should strive to be.

Colm’s brother Brendan said he had left a legacy of wonderful memories that the family will cherish in their hearts.


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