Memorial committee's tribute to Garda Horkan

Noel Dundon

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St Mary's Garden

Detective Garda Horkan was remembered at the Garden of Remembrance in St Mary's

Detective Garda Colm Horkan was remembered in a very dignified way at St Mary's Memorial Garden of Remembrance

On Sunday June 21 at 12.15pm, Durlas Eile Eliogarty Memorial Committee held a special memorial ceremony for the late Detective Garda Colm Horkan in St Mary's International Garden of Remembrance Thurles Co Tipperary.


Flags flying on the day included the Irish, European Garda and the Memorial Committee.
Mr John Wort welcomed Councillor Jim Ryan Vice Chairman Templemore, Thurles Municipal Council; Fr.Vincent Stapleton; and Mr Guy Jones, President of the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation.


Councillor Jim Ryan thanked John Wort for organising the ceremony at short notice and extended his sympathy to the Horkan family and friends and to his colleagues in An Garda Siochana.


Councillor Ryan said it was fitting that a ceremony for Garda Horkan was taking place here in St Mary's International Garden of Remembrance at the Garda Memorial dedicated to all 89 members of An Garda Siochana who died in the line of duty back to the foundation of the State.


Mr Guy Jones, President of the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation extended his sympathy to the Horkan family also and praised all members of An Garda Siochana for the great work that they do keeping people safe. Their dedication to their duty is making Ireland a safer place to live and to bring up children, he said.


Mr Jones commended the committee for the wonderful work carried out in St Mary's International Garden of Remembrance- a very special place to remember with dignity, all who have served and died in the line of duty at home and overseas.


Fr. Vincent Stapleton, CC, also extended his sympathy to the Horkan family and to all members of An Garda Siochana who died in the line of duty. Prayers and blessings were offered for Garda Horkan his family and friends and all who died in the line of duty in the service of peace to the nation.


A wreath was then laid at the Garda Memorial by Mr Willie Ryan ,retired Garda and Mr John Wort, Chairman of the Memorial Committee also a member of the Fr James Gilmore Branch of O.N.E Dublin. One minute of silence was the observed followed by the playing of the Last Post Revile and the National Anthem. The National flag was raised by Mr John Wort . “On behalf of the committee I would like to extend our condolence to the Horkan family, his relatives and friends, his colleagues in An Garda Siochana and in the G.A.A.” Mr Wort said.


Due to the short notice of the oganising of the ceremony, apologies were received from: An Garda Siochana; Mr Michael Casey Fellow of the Irish State; Mr. Jackie Cahill TD; Mr Domnic Moore.