Detective Inspector Brian Mohan, Kathleen Maddy and Fr Michael Cusack mebers of the organising committee of the Remembering Adrian concert.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan told 550 people in Dundalk that the respect that the people of Dundalk and all of Louth have for Detective Adrian Donohoe’s family and An Garda Siochana continues to this day.
Speaking at the concert held in Adrian Donohoe’s memory at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church Dundalk, the commissioner said the concert had been based in the community like an Garda Siochana.
“We are based in the community,” she said, “we live inside the community. We attract the brightest, best and most courageous into our ranks”.
She said the memorial concert was not only for Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe but also for Garda Tony Golden and an Garda Siochana.
Superintendent Gerry Curley head of the Dundalk Garda Division welcomed the audience who came from all over the country. He said it was a reflection on Adrian that the tickets sold out so quickly was a reflection of Adrian’s popularity. He described the late Detective Garda as not just a fantastic colleague but also a fantastic member of the public.
RTE’s Eileen Dunne was MC and she described the concert as a great tribute to a man and quoted Dylan Thomas’ ‘Death has no Dominion’.
Then for almost three hours of music from local, national and internationally acclaimed artists beginning with an amazing strings recital.
The artists included singer-songwriter Stewart Agnew, You Tube singing sensation, 15-year-old Leah Kirwan from Dundalk, who received huge applause for her wonderful performance, Fr Liam Lawton, Kathleen Maddy, The Priests, and the fantastic Redemptorist Choir who were joined both Liam Lawton and The Priests on stage as well as performing in their own right.
The night also held a surprise in store as Eurovision winner Dana was in the audience and joined in the concert by singing ‘Lady of Knock’ which saw the entire audience sing along.