A BOOK of condolences for murdered Dundalk Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has been opened in Henry Street garda station.
Ann McCabe, widow of Jerry McCabe, the last garda killed in the line of duty nearly 17 years ago in Adare, was among the first to sign it this Monday morning.
She was accompanied by her brother-in-law Mike McCabe and Ben O’Sullivan, Jerry’s former partner who was wounded in the IRA gang attack in 1996 and signed the book in front of a bust remembering her husband in the foyer of the city station.
“It is a sad day and hopefully it will be the last book that we will be signing,” Ann McCabe said. “I just wish them well in their search for the culprits and hopefully they will be brought to justice and serve the time that should be given to them.”
Asked if it was poignant to be signing the book in front of the bust of her husband, she said: “It was yes, I haven’t been in here that often really.”
“It was very poignant for me and I am sure for all of the members of Jerry’s family that are here and his colleagues as well,” she added.
Ben O’Sullivan, who was at a meeting of retired garda officers in the Strand Hotel on Friday night when news came through of the shooting of the father-of-two, spoke of his shock at the killing and extended his sympathy to the Donohoe and Deloughery families.
“I’d like to extend my sympathies to the entire Donohoe family and all associated with them,” he said.
“Caroline’s brother is stationed here (in Henry Street) and forgive me for being a little bit tear jerked, but more has happened than I had foreseen. When I came in and saw Jerry’s bust, it was history repeating itself really,” Mr O’Sullivan explained.
“My heart is very much with both families, Adrian Donohoe’s and Joe Ryan’s. I hope that he (Garda Donohoe) will recover as good as I have. I’m so delighted to have recovered as well as I did and far better than I ever expected - honestly that is the truth of it.
“It is a tear jerking exercise this morning. It is as sad a day as I have spent since poor Jerry passed away. No words from me would adequately condemn this barbaric crime,” he added.
Chief Superintendent David Sheahan also spoke about the murder of the detective in Dundalk which has shocked the nation, drawing comparisons to Jerry McCabe’s brutal killing in Adare.
“This is a very poignant moment for An Garda Siochana and particularly for us here at Henry Street,” he said.
“It brings back a lot of memories that we have had since the seventh of June, 1996, when we lost our own colleague here, Jerry McCabe.
“We here, I suppose more than most, know exactly how they are feeling in Dundalk today and we wish, not only the family, but also all the members in Dundalk garda station our best wishes and our help for the future,” he added.
The Dundalk garda, whose wife Caroline is a fellow garda who trained at Roxboro Road over 16 years ago and whose twin brother Derek Deloughery is a sergeant stationed in Henry Street, was shot after disturbing a robbery at a credit union in Bellurgan on Friday night.
The slain garda’s wife hails from Kilkee, where the couple were married over a decade ago. Her brother Kieran Deloughery is a decorated member of the Marine Search and Rescue Service in the seaside town.
The book of condolences is open to the public to sign.