The family of the late Det Garda Colm Horkan has thanked the public for making their lives easy during a “very tough” few weeks.
Colm Horkan (49) was shot dead on Main Street in Castlerea on June 17th while responding to an incident.
Dermot Horkan, a brother of the late garda, told RTÉ’s Drivetime on Tuesday that public support has continued in the weeks following the detective garda’s death.
“The cards are coming through the door still every day. Dad still opens every one of them and he gets great consolation from that . . . We just can’t thank people enough for that. They’ve been outstanding,” he said.
He said the difficult time has “been made a lot easier by the likes of the public and the gardaí have been brilliant for us and our neighbours and friends at home in Charlestown.”
He added: “The support we have had has been phenomenal. As a family, we’re very grateful for that and it means so much.”
“Everyone spoke so highly of Colm and it just meant so much to us and to Dad. And we’re very grateful and thankful for that.”
The late garda’s father Marty Horkan thanked the local communities that have extended their support and sympathies in recent weeks. He gave particular thanks to the gardaí, to GAA football clubs, and to his neighbours who “above all… have been so wonderful to us.”
“We miss Colm, we do. He lived at home with me and I’m going to miss him anyway, that’s for sure. He was something special, and that has been brought home to us in the last few weeks. I never knew he had done so much for people until he died,” he said.
The Horkan family was speaking to RTÉ’s Drivetime at the 40th-anniversary ceremony for Garda Henry Byrne and Detective Garda John Morley who died while responding to a bank raid in Ballaghaderreen. They were shot at a crossroads near Loughglynn where a memorial has been erected in their honour.