The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will be among those attending a ceremony in Co Roscommon next Tuesday, to remember two Gardai who were killed while on duty 40 years ago.

Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne - both from Knock and stationed in Castlerea  - lost their lives while on duty on 7th July 1980.

They were among 4 Gardai who responded to a call of a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen, but were shot at Shannon's Cross outside Loughglynn after intercepting the raiders.

A memorial monument at Shannon's Cross marks the spot where the two Gardai lost their lives, and a prayer service will take place at the site next Tuesday at 2pm, to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

Brendan Gordon of the organising committee told Midwest News today that the tragic loss of two serving Gardai is vividly remembered, forty years later.



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