The darkest
of days

IT is almost impossible to add words of condolence and condemnation to all that has been written and sincerely felt about the cruel murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last Friday evening.

IT is almost impossible to add words of condolence and condemnation to all that has been written and sincerely felt about the cruel murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last Friday evening.

Those that knew him and worked with him have touched the right note of sympathy when they described him as a “gentle giant, a gentleman, everything you would want in a Garda”.

It is difficult to remember a time – the Omagh bombing comes to mind – when so many people in Dundalk and the county, felt such grief and outrage.

Just as then, they have been expressing their sympathy by signing the book of condolence at Dundalk Garda station.

In the words of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan: “Adrian was a very popular member of An Garda Siochana, someone who was revered both by his peers and members of the community”.

This was a young Garda officer who reached out to all, especially the young generation, who was struck down senselessly, without any mercy, by people who have no regard for human life.

Everybody’s sympathy goes out to Detective Adrian Donohoe’s wife and children, and his colleagues in the force, in these darkest of days. This murder is a reminder of the incredible danger that members of an Garda Siochana face as they carry out their duty round the clock, and how much they need the support of the public.