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Big Read: The tragic final hours of Garda Colm Horkan’s life before a moment of mayhem led a nation to grieve

It was a day like any other, but within the space of just a few minutes events took a tragic turn and a town was waking up to news that would bring back awful memories, writes Eavan Murray

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Detective Garda Colm Horkan

Detective Garda Colm Horkan

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Detective Garda Colm Horkan

Detective Garda Colm Horkan began his shift at 4pm on Wednesday. He had spent the afternoon watching racing with his father.

He left his home in Charlestown, Co Mayo, heading for work 35km away in Castlerea, Co Roscommon

It was a day like any other and he got a handover from his colleagues in Castlerea, who were signing off from the day shift.