THE wife of the late Kerry Garda Jerry McCabe, who was shot dead during a botched post office raid in Adare 25 years ago, today lay a wreath at the scene in an emotional ceremony to honour his memory and to mark his anniversary.
Mrs Ann McCabe led the tributes to the Ballylongford born Detective Garda and his colleagues, including Commissioner Drew Harris, were also in attendance to mark the poignant occasion.
Jeremiah McCabe, from Bridge Street, Ballylongford, was just 51 years of age when, on the morning of 7 June 1996, he was killed and his colleague and friend Detective Garda Ben O’Sullivan was seriously injured when they were targeted as they sat in their unmarked car during a post office cash delivery.
Shortly before 7.00am a ruthless IRA unit crashed a jeep into the rear of the unmarked patrol car and gang members opened fire, killing Garda McCabe and seriously wounding Garda O’Sullivan.
Father of five Jerry McCabe worked as a mechanic before he joined An Garda Síochána in September 1964 and he was stationed in Limerick. The Kerry man was posthumously awarded the Scott Gold Medal in 2000.
An Garda Siochana posted a special notice on Twitter in memory of their colleague and to commemorate his passing in such brutal circumstances.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin paid tribute to Detective Garda McCabe’s memory and service and he said the country will never forget the sacrifice he made.
“This country will never forget his sacrifice, a constant reminder of the dangers our Gardaí face in the line of duty,” he said.