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Ceremony for two Gardaí killed in Roscommon in 1980 to be held today

Jul 7, 2022 07:07 By Shannonside News
Ceremony for two Gardaí killed in Roscommon in 1980 to be held today Ceremony for two Gardaí killed in Roscommon in 1980 to be held today
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The two Gardaí were shot and killed in at Shannon's Cross in 1980.

A special ceremony is to take place in remembrance of two Gardaí shot dead in west Roscommon forty-two years ago today.

Henry Byrne & John Morley lost their lives when they intercepted a gang who had robbed a local bank branch in Ballaghaderreen on July 7th 1980.

Detective Morley and Garda Henry Byrne lost their lives in the line of duty at Shannon's Cross outside Loughglynn.

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The two officers were responding to a call about a bank robbery in Ballaghaderreen when they were killed by raiders during an intercept.

Also in the car at the time were Garda Derek O'Kelly and the late Sergeant Mick O'Malley, both of whom survived the incident.

This afternoon the widows of both men, Frances Morley and Anne Byrne will lay wreaths at the site of a memorial to both men at Shannon's Cross, with Chief Superintendent Ray McMahon also laying a wreath on behalf of Gardai.

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All are welcome and refreshments will also be available in the clubhouse of Eire Og afterwards.

 

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