Garda Tony Golden murder: Hundreds queue to pay their respects
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.