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Garda Tony Golden murder: Hundreds queue to pay their respects

Published 14/10/2015

Tony Golden, a married father of three, who was gunned down as he responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in Omeath, Co Louth yesterday evening. PA
Tony Golden, a married father of three, who was gunned down as he responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in Omeath, Co Louth yesterday evening. PA
Tony Golden was the 88th member of the force to be killed in the line of duty
Flowers at the local Garda station
Police in Omeath, Co Louth, close to where a suspected dissident republican murdered a police officer and shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. PA
Police in Omeath, Co Louth, close to where a suspected dissident republican murdered a police officer and shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. PA
The Omeath Garda station in Co Louth, close to where a suspected dissident republican murdered a police officer and shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. PA
The scene in Omeath, Co Louth, after a suspected dissident republican murdered a police officer and shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. PA
Garda close to the scene in Omeath, Co Louth, after a suspected dissident republican murdered a police officer and shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. PA
The scene in Omeath, Co Louth, after a suspected dissident republican murdered a police officer and shot a woman before turning the gun on himself. PA
Police at the scene of the murder-suicide in Omeath, Co Louth, where Garda Tony Golden was shot dead. Pic Pacemaker
Police at the scene of the murder-suicide in Omeath, Co Louth, where Garda Tony Golden was shot dead. Pic Pacemaker
Shocked residents at the scene of the murder in Omeath
Gardai investigate a shooting in Omeath, Co Louth where two people including a Garda where shot dead
Armed garda at the scene in Omeath after the shooting deaths

Hundreds of friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden arrived at his home in Blackrock, Co. Louth today to pay their respects at his wake before the state funeral tomorrow.

People lined up during the afternoon at the house in a quiet estate in the village to offer condolences to Garda Golden's family, including his widow Nicola and their three young children, Lucy, Alex and Andrew, his parents Breege and David, his sister Mary and brothers David, Kenneth, Patrick and Sean.

Fine Gael Senator Jim D’Arcy, who is a neighbour of the Golden family, described the slain Garda as “a real family man - they’re very much part of the community.”

The 36-year-old was shot dead while responding to a domestic abuse case at a house near Omeath in Co Louth on Sunday evening. Gunman Adrian Crevan Mackin also shot and critically wounded his ex-partner Siobhan Phillips, before turning the gun on himself.

The seaside town was getting ready for the massive crowds expected at the funeral in the local church, St. Oliver Plunkett, tomorrow at noon which will be attended by President Michael D. Higgins, the Taoiseach and other members of the Oireachtas. Neither the Dáil or Seanad will be sitting tomorrow, and flags will fly at half-mast on all public buildings.

The tricolour was already at half-mast in Garda Golden’s hometown as preparations were underway for the thousands of members of the Force due to attend the funeral. Road closures in the area will be in place from 10am.

Earlier today, the parents of 21-year old Siobhan Phillips who is fighting for her life in Dublin’s Beaumont hospital, paid tribute to the policeman. “Garda Golden, in the service and protection of others, laid down his life for my daughter Siobhan, myself and my family - there are no words to express our gratitude for his bravery," said Sean Phillips who had accompanied the pair to the estate in Omeath where the tragedy unfolded on Sunday evening.

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