The Garda Commissioner is leading the tributes to Detective Garda Colm Horkan on the first anniversary of his death. The 49-year-old Detective Garda was killed following a shooting in Castlerea town centre just before midnight on June 17th 2020.
Drew Harris has expressed his sympathies to the family of Detective Garda Colm Horkan as his family, friends and colleagues remember him on the first anniversary of his killing.
The Garda commissioner says that as well as sadness at Colm's death, there is also great pride being felt by friends and family for a person who was loved and respected by so many people and pride in Colm's community spirit and desire to help and support others.
The head of the Gardai has praised the 49-year old as professional, hard-working, supportive, community-focused, and brave and says he will never be forgotten
Colm's family has also issued a statement on his first anniversary - describing the Charlestown native as one of a kind and how life will never be the same without him.
The family is also thanking the public for their support, as they continue to carry the deep grief that they feel with the loss of Colm,
A private anniversary Mass will be held in Charlestown later this evening, while a special commemoration will be held in Castlerea on Saturday, which the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will attend.
Hard to believe it a a year since Colm left is, still getting our heads around it Rest in peace, Colm 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Zqfv7uc2mf
— Enda Daly (@dales2012) June 17, 2021
Our Friend. 🧸💗
Missed today, missed everyday. 🙏😓
𝑵𝒐 𝒇𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒏,
𝑵𝒐 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑮𝒐𝒐𝒅𝒃𝒚𝒆.
𝑮𝒐𝒅 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒔,
𝑯𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒆𝒔𝒕. pic.twitter.com/w3zb4iVvs3
— Charlestown GAA (@CharlestownGAA) June 17, 2021
⚫️ Died in the Line of Duty ⚫️
◾️ Remembering Detective Garda Colm Horkan
◾️ All of us in @agsiireland remember Detective Garda Colm Horkan today on his 1st anniversary
◾️We think of the Horkan family and all Colm’s @gardarep friends and colleagues #lestweforget pic.twitter.com/lmFcSQZpAC
— AGSI (@AGSI_Ireland) June 17, 2021
Thinking of the Horkan family on this 1st anniversary of D/Garda Colm Horkan killed in the line of duty on this night last year as he went to assist his @gardarep & @AGSI_Ireland colleagues…thoughts & prayers are with you all #lestweforget https://t.co/FDcfmf2Rju
— antoinette (@antoabs) June 17, 2021
Remembering our colleague Detective Garda Colm Horkan.
This day last year, our colleague Detective Garda Colm Horkan went to work for what would tragically be his last tour of duty.
View full statement from Garda Commissioner Drew Harris here - https://t.co/c0PU9MKJzw pic.twitter.com/V8dLkK3cPM
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) June 17, 2021