The Garda Representative Association has paid tribute to two Gardaí who died tragically over the weekend.

48-year-old John McCallion from Swinford was found unresponsive by his bike near his home in Co Mayo on Friday evening after going out for a cycle, while 46-year-old David Hearne died after getting into difficulty while diving off the Wexford coast on Saturday.

The GRA President Jim Mulligan has expressed  "heartfelt sympathies" to the families, friends and colleagues of both men.

He said Garda McCallion's death will be particularly painful for his family, as his brother Robbie was killed in the line of duty on Co Donegal ten years ago last month.

The GRA says An Garda Siochána has lost two great members who were inspirational colleagues to everyone in the organisation.

Garda John McCallion was one of two Juvenile Liaison Officers in the Mayo Garda Division.

He had previously served in Ballina Garda Station for about ten years, and Books of Condolence are now open in Ballina, Swinford and Claremorris Garda Stations, and will remain open for the coming days.

John McCallion's remains will repose at Campbell's Funeral Home, Swinford today from 3-8pm.

Funeral Mass is at 12 noon tomorrow in Our Lady Help of Christians Church Swinford, with burial afterwards in Kilconduff Cemetery.

He's survived by his wife Collette, two daughters and a son, his parents, sisters and extended family.



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