Colm Horkan RIP

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The country awoke this morning to the awful news of the tragic death last night of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, who lost his life in the line of duty in Castlerea.

Colm Horkan was a proud GAA man who was an active member of Charlestown Sarsfields for most of his life and he was also an avid supporter of the county team. He was, in other words, one of us – a man with the same love of Gaelic football, who shared in all those memorable days, both good and bad, that we’ve experienced down the years.

Colm’s sudden and untimely death represents a huge shock to his local community in Charlestown, in particular to those who knew him well. Deepest condolences to his family, friends, Garda colleagues and fellow club members at his beloved Charlestown Sarsfields on their very sad loss. May he rest in peace.

16 thoughts on “Colm Horkan RIP

  1. Deepest condolences to Colm’s family friends and colleagues on his tragic passing. RIP

  2. Sincere condolences to Colm’s family. Contributors to Joe Duffy’ s Liveline this afternoon gave warm, yet heart wrenching accounts of Colm’s selfless nature – his desire to akways see justice prevail, and the great work he did for his local Charlestown club.

    My eldest lad recently started in AGS – going out to work early this morning I couldn’t bring myself to fill him in on the overnight tragedy.

  3. Terrible news, Colm played on the Mayo U21 team in 1991 along side the likes of Noel Connelly; Colin McManamon, Kevin Staunton, Ray Dempsey and current senior manager James Horan. RIP

  4. A terrible tragedy, reading about it since yesterday and everyone giving a glowing account of a man who was an absolute gent, a great GAA man, he will be an enormous loss to his family, his club and all in Charlestown.

  5. May God hold him in the palm of his hand.
    Sincere condolences to the entire community.on your dreadful loss.

  6. Sounded like a truly lovely man by all accounts who cared about the community he policed so very much. A truly shocking and tragic event…RIP Colm

  7. Words don’t express the sadness and heartbreak I feel. To his family, friends, neighbours and Gardai colleagues, his Mayo football family and friends I send my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Colm

  8. So so tragic, he sounds like the type of man many of us could only aspire to be and his family can be so proud of all he achieved is a life cut short. May God help them all though this toughest of times.

  9. This was a truly shocking event, clearly he was one of nature’s gentlemen who did his duty diligently and was a loved colleague and friend. His love of the GAA and his huge contribution to the association will be long remembered by all who knew him. I pray that the nobility of his death will in time give comfort to his heartbroken family.

    Thank you Colm for a life well lived.

  10. Condolences to Colm Dad and clann. What a great detective and a great community man. Thinking about you all at this sad time.A huge turnout at Loch Garman garda station today. Very fitting to rembember Colm. Beannacht De lena anamh dilis.
    Bron ar an mbas!

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