The funeral arrangements for Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was shot dead in Castlerea on Wednesday night have been announced this evening.
The Charlestown native will lie in repose at the family’s Funeral Home in the town on Saturday afternoon with removal from the family home on Sunday morning to St James’ Church, Charlestown for concelebrated Funeral Mass at 12 o’clock. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.
Detective Garda Colm Horkan’s remains were brought through Ballaghaderreen today, where a guard of honour took place with hundreds of people lining the streets. He had served the area as a garda for a number of years.
Fr Dermot Meehan, the administrator of the Achonry Diocese, issued a statement today in which he said death leaves a major void in the lives of loved ones and
“When death is unexpected and, as in the case of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, so tragic and unnecessary, how much greater the loss felt and the questions raised.
“On behalf of the diocese of Achonry – its priests, deacons, religious and laity – I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Colm’s father, sister and brothers, his wider family, to his Garda colleagues, his GAA clubmates, his many friends and his hometown of Charlestown.
“We acknowledge Colm’s selfless and giving commitment to the State, to An Garda Siochána, and to the communities he served over the past 24 years.”
Fr Meehan continued: “In face of tragedy and uncertainty, we place our trust in the Lord and, in that trust and to the Lord, we bring our prayers for all at this time. May Detective Garda Colm Horkan, a guardian of the peace, rest now in the peace he lived and died to protect.”
A man in his 40s remains in Garda custody in connection with the 49-year-old’s killing.
Det. Garda Horkan, who lived on Airport Road in Charlestown, is predeceased by his mother Dolores and twin sister Colette. He is sadly missed by his heartbroken family, his father Marty, sister Deirdre, brothers Aiden, Brendan, Dermot, and Padraig, sisters-in-law, aunts Kitty (Walsh) Charlestown, Colette (Brennan) and Vera (Horan) USA, nieces, nephews, relatives, colleagues in An Garda Siochana, neighbours and wide circle of friends.
The Funeral Mass will be broadcast live on www.mcnmedia.tv and Midwest Radio. The family is appealing to the public to adhere to current HSE Guidelines and Restrictions at all times.