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About Colm

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On behalf of the GRA, we extend the deepest sympathies of all our members and staff to the family of our colleague Detective Garda Colm Horkan, fatally shot in the line of duty in Castlerea, Co Roscommon on Thursday 18 June 2020.

Our brave colleague died as result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Detective Garda Horkan was based in Ballaghaderreen Garda Station, Co Roscommon, Castlerea District in the Longford/Roscommon Division.

A native of Charlestown, Co Mayo, Colm joined An Garda Síochána in 1994.

He was greatly respected by colleagues and known to all he worked with as a man who could be relied upon.

Colm’s compassionate approach to policing, collegiality and supportiveness was greatly appreciated by all who worked with and encountered him.

He comes from a well-known and respected family in his native Charlestown where he lived until his untimely passing.


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Colm was also a hugely popular figure in the communities he policed and, in his hometown, where he will forever be associated with his beloved Charlestown Sarsfields GAA club. He won numerous honours with his club and played underage football for Mayo.

Predeceased by his mother Dolores and twin sister Colette; and sadly missed by father Marty, sister Deirdre, and brothers Aiden, Brendan, Dermot and Padraig.

Colm will forever be remembered as a gentleman, known for his kindness and commitment to helping other people.

Detective Garda Colm Horkan died at the age 49 years old, protecting his community and serving his country.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Jim Mulligan, GRA President
Pat Ennis, GRA General Secretary

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