Sunday, June 21, 2020

Detective Garda Colm Horkan poses for a picture with Liverpool great Ian Rush before a game.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has paid tribute to the late Detective Garda Colm Horkan, a lifelong supporter of the club. Rush, a Liverpool FC ambassador, recorded a video message in which he said that the thoughts and prayers of all at the club are with the Horkan family at this difficult time and added: ‘You’ll never walk alone.”

Funeral mass was held for Detective Garda Horkan in his native Charlestown today, with hundreds of Gardaí from local divisions forming a guard of honour as his remains were carried through the town to St James’ Church.

Ahead of Liverpool’s return to action in the Merseyside derby against Everton tonight, Rush said that hoped Detective Garda Horkan got the send-off he deserved and assured the Horkan family that they were in the thoughts of everyone at the club.

Liverpool are just two wins away from their first league title win in 30 years. While his first love was Charlestown and Mayo GAA, Detective Garda Horkan was also a big Liverpool fan and regularly made trips to Anfield to watch the Reds. He ran into ‘Pool legend Rush at a game a number of years ago and took the opportunity to pose for a picture.

Rush said the support of the club is behind the Horkan family.

“This was a brutal crime and Colm should be remembered for the gentleman he was and how much he devoted his life to protecting and serving the public,” he said.

“I really feel An Garda Siochána do not get enough credit for what they do. I would like to send a message to the Horkan family at this difficult time.

“I would like them to know that I have shared Colm’s story with my colleagues at Liverpool and first and foremost from myself and everyone at Liverpool Football Club we want to express our deepest sympathy with the Horkan family.

“I have reached out to our team players and they will be keeping Colm in their prayers before today’s game. May he rest in peace. I want to let his family know that they will never walk alone.”

You can watch the video, originally shared by the Irish Daily Mirror, here.

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