Local GAA club pays 'final tribute' to Colm Horkan with farewell video celebrating life

Local GAA club pays 'final tribute' to Colm Horkan with farewell video celebrating life

A LOCAL GAA team has bid a 'final farewell' to Detective Garda Colm Horkan, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

The Mayo man, originally from Charlestown but who was working in Roscrea, Co Roscommon at the time of his death, was involved in the GAA scene from a young age and remained an active member until the day he died.

Tributes poured in for the Detective, who was killed while on patrol in Castlerea when a man seized his gun and shot wildly, hitting him four times.

A state funeral was held in his hometown of Charlestown last weekend, and the town have continued to pay tribute to the man who was described as a "pillar in the community".

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Local GAA club Charlestown Sarsfield released a video celebrating the life of the Garda, with clips of him throughout his childhood and adulthood with the club he held dear.

Posting the video, a spokesperson for the team said:

"After our community bid a beautiful farewell to Colm yesterday we wish to pay a final tribute to our friend, brother, teammate and hero.

"Rest assured you will never walk alone and your spirit will always be with us. Rest easy big man."

The video shows Det Garda Horkan playing for the team as a young man, as well as club photos from his childhood and, later, posing alongside the team where he remained an active member.

It ends with a portrait of the Garda, drawn by Irish artist Shane Gillen, alongside the words: "Rest in peace our brother.

"Your eternal light will always shine upon us."

Detective Garda Colm Horkan was remembered by his brother as "a son and brother like no other", who "had all the values you would associate with a good and decent human being."

Delivering the eulogy at Garda Horkan's funeral, his brother Dermot said: "He was kind, considerate, selfless and above all, loyal to the core."

A man in his 40's remains in custody charged with the murder of Detective Horkan, who is the 89th Garda to be killed in the line of duty since the force was established almost 100 years ago.