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Monument to be erected near Loughglynn in memory of two Gardai murdered in 1980

A monument is to be erected at Shannon’s Cross, Loughglynn in memory of two Gardai who were killed in the line of duty on 7th July 1980, following a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen.

Detective John Morley – a former Mayo inter-county footballer, and Garda Henry Byrne from Knock were murdered after responding to a robbery at the Bank of Ireland in Ballaghadereen.

They were among four Gardai from Castlerea who responded, and intercepted the raiders at Shannon’s Cross where their Garda patrol car collided with the getaway car.

Detective Morley and Garda Byrne were shot at the scene, while the other Gardaí - Sergeant Mick O'Malley and Garda Derek O'Kelly - survived the shootout.

The two Gardai who were killed were posthumously awarded the Scott Medal for their actions.

A local committee are now forging ahead with plans to erect a monument at Shannon’s Cross to remember Detective Morley and Garda Byrne, and a memorial fund will be launched in Creaton’s Bar, Loughglynn this Friday night at 10pm.

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