Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Gardai's Donohoe appeal to mourners

Mourners at the home of murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Dundalk
Mourners gather at the home of murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe to sign a book of condolence

Mourners at a wake and funeral may hold vital clues to the movements of a stolen car used in the killing of Detective Adrian Donohoe.

Gardai said a large crowd was gathered in the Clogherhead area of Co Louth on the evening of Tuesday January 22 when the 08-D Volkswagen Passat was taken.

The navy car was stolen in a burglary in the town on that night between 11.30pm and 4.30am.

A removal service ahead of a funeral for local man Fergal Sharkey had earlier taken place. "On the night this car was stolen there was a large funeral in Clogherhead and this may jog some local people's memories of the night," gardai said in an appeal.

Details of the car were revealed as the Donohoe family opened their home in the Lordship area of the Cooley peninsula.

A steady stream of locals, colleagues, family, friends and GAA people queued to pay their respects and offer condolences to widow Caroline, herself a garda, and the couple's young children Amy and Niall.

PJ Stone, of the Garda Representative Association, former garda commissioner Noel Conroy, senior detectives, postmen and firefighters were among the first at midday with hundreds of others waiting in line.

A green and white chequered flag, the colours of Det Donohoe's beloved St Patrick's Gaelic Football Club, flew at half mast in the neat estate, nestling in the foothills of the Cooley Mountains. A blanket of mist and fog covered the sweeping hills.

Det Donohoe was a 41-year-old who was killed as he escorted credit union staff with bags of cash. He was shot in the head on Friday night as a gang stole 4,000 euro from the Lordship Credit Union.

A reward of 50,000 euro was later offered for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the killer(s) of Det Gda Donohoe. The money was put forward by the Irish League of Credit Unions, which represents credit unions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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