The State funeral Mass has taken place in Charlestown of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

An emotive State funeral Mass took place at St Jame’s Chruch as family and friends, members of An Garda Síochána, Charlestown GAA and the wider community paid their final farewell to the popular Garda.

Hundreds of Gardaí and members of the public took part in a socially distanced guard of honour as Detective Horkan’s body made its way to the church for the funeral service.

Mayo GAA Clubs flew their colours at half mast as a mark of respect to the 49-year-old and a minute silence was observed by members of An Garda Síochána and other emergency services for Mr Horkan.

The Taoiseach observed it at Garda headquarters in Dublin's Phoenix Park along with members of the force.

The Peace Bell was rung at Aras an Uachtarain and the tricolour was flown at half mast.

The funeral was watched and listened to widely across the country on Midwest Radio and was shown on a large screen at Charlestown Sarsfields GAA pitch.

The chief celebrant of the Mass was Monsignor Tommy Johnston and he was assisted by Bishop-elect Paul Dempsey, Father Dermot Meehan, the Diocesan Administrator; Monsignor John Doherty; and Father Joe Kennedy, the Garda Chaplain.

Also in attendance at the funeral as a representative of the Government was Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

Chief Celebrant Monsignor Tommy Johnston gave a powerful reaction to when he first became aware of the devastating news on Thursday morning.


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