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Colm Horkan's kindness remembered at anniversary mass

Jun 18, 2021 08:06 By Shannonside News
Colm Horkan's kindness remembered at anniversary mass Colm Horkan's kindness remembered at anniversary mass
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The Garda Commissioner has led the tributes to the 49-year-old who has been described as professional, hard-working, supportive, community-focused, and brave

Detective Garda Colm Horkan has been described as someone who brought a warmth and gentleness to people's lives.

Hundreds of people watched via social media the first anniversary mass for the Charlestown native who was killed in a shooting in Castlerea on June 17th last year.

Monsignor Tommy Johnston, Parish Priest of Charlestown, told Com's family and friends who attended the private mass last night that the Castlerea-based garda touched the hearts of many, young and old.

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He recalled seeing a teenager pay respects at the grave of the 49-year old in recent weeks, remarking that the boy may at some point have experienced Colm's kindness , or else wished to just pause and remember the much loved Garda.

Words spoken at the funeral of a policeman who died just a day after Colm in Auckland New Zealand were also remembered at the mass by Monsignor Johnston.

He explained that the description of 28-year-old Matthew Hunt could also apply to Colm :

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