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'We are devastated' - friends, family and colleagues remember Adrian Donohoe

Among the mourners at St Josephs Redemtorist Church in Dundalk today was Ann McCabe, the widow of murdered Garda Jerry McCabe.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

HUGE CROWDS GATHERED at St Joseph’s Redemtorist Church in Dundalk today for the funeral mass of murdered garda Detective Adrian Donohoe.

Among the mourners were An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, President Michael D Higgins, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Ann McCabe, the widow of murdered Garda Jerry McCabe.

The victim’s brothers Colm and Alan expressed their thanks to the wider community for its support and sympathies, something they described as both “comforting and humbling”.

Describing the family as “devastated” by the “senseless and tragic loss” of their brother, they also thanked the victim’s widow, Caroline Donohoe (pictured, below) for making Adrian “the happiest and proudest husband and dad.”

Ann McCabe in Dundalk today. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Commissioner Callinan also thanked the “thousands of people” who expressed their sympathies by queuing up at garda stations across the country to sign Books of Condolences.

He said the force’s resolve to bring the perpetrators to justice was “strengthened”.

“No words can adequately express the great sense of loss and revulsion of the Donohoe family, the family of the Garda Síochána and the wider public in learning of the cold-blooded murder last Friday night.”

(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Thousands of members of An Garda Síochána assembled for today’s service, as well as huge crowds from the local community.

The crowd heard of Detective Donohoe’s commitment to his local GAA Club, St Patrick’s, and included in the offertory procession was the club jersey and a football.

The Chief Constable of the PSNI Matt Baggott (pictured, below) also attended the mass.

(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

The Dáil and Seanad adjourned for several hours to allow Ministers, TDs and senators to attend the funeral.

(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

President Michael D Higgins led the condolences to the family following this afternoon’s service.

(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

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