40th anniversary

  • Two Mayo Gardai, who lost their lives in the line of duty in Co Roscommon 40 years ago today, were remembered at a prayer service this afternoon at Shannon's Cross, near Loughglynn.

    Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne - both from Knock - were shot and fatally wounded when responding to a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen on 7th July 1980.

    The two Gardai paid the ultimate sacrifice when they died in the line of duty 40 years ago today, but that sacrifice will not be forgotten.

    That was the pledge of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris who led the tributes to the two men this afternoon at the monument which was erected in their honour three years ago at the exact location between Loughglynn and Ballaghadereen where they were shot dead.

    Serving and retired members of An Garda Siochana gathered to meet the Morley and Byrne families at Shannon's Cross this afternoon.

    The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran, local priests, public representatives and members of the local community were there to honour the two men from Knock who died in the line of duty.

     The new Minister for Justice Helen McEntee was unable to attend today's event, but she visited the memorial and met with the local committee last Friday while on official business in Castlerea.

    Speaking at today's service, the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris also remembered the late Detective Garda Colm Horkan from Charlestown, who was killed while on duty in Castlerea just almost 3 weeks ago, and members of the Horkan family attended today's prayer service.