BOOKS of condolence have been opened at garda stations in Kerry to allow the public to leave messages of sympathy for the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was killed on duty late on Wednesday night.
A book is in place in the front office at Killarney Garda Station and members of the public are invited to call in to add their names and messages. It is intended that books of condolence will be presented to Colm’s family at an appropriate time.
Detective Garda Colm Horkan (49) was the 89th member of An Garda Síochána to be killed in the line of duty and his death has sent shock waves reverberating throughout the entire country.
Earlier this Friday Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, led people in the town in observing a minute of silent reflection in tribute to Detective Garda Horkan.
His funeral Mass will take place at St James’ Church, Charlestown, at 12 noon on Sunday followed by private burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Gardai have asked for the family’s privacy at the removal, family home and burial at the cemetery to be respected.
In keeping with public health guidelines, every precaution is being taken to ensure that Detective Garda Horkan’s funeral is performed in accordance with the spirit of the guidelines while affording the slain garda formal State honours.
Gardai have encouraged the public to observe one minute of silence in their homes at 12 noon on Sunday and to show their solidarity by posting their images on social media using the tagline #ColmRIP.
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