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Tributes flow ahead of Garda State funeral 14.10.15

TRIBUTES have flowed for Garda Anthony Golden as the nation mourns the loss of another fallen officer.
Retired and serving gardaí, members of the emergency services and friends have joined ordinary citizens throughout the country including Donegal in an outpouring of grief at the horrific killing.
And a serving garda officer, stricken by the cold-blooded nature of the murder, described shedding "tears for you" while expressing "fear for myself".
Obituaries website RIP.ie has been inundated with tributes from people wishing to extend heartfelt sympathies to Gda Golden's wife Nicola and the couple's three young children Lucy, Alex and Andrew.
Gda Golden is also mourned by his parents Breege and David, brothers David, Kenneth, Patrick and Seán and sister Mary. His State funeral takes place in Co Louth tomorrow.
Navan Garda Station's Unit D wrote: "Sincerest condolences to the Golden family and all Anthony's extended loved ones and his colleagues in the Louth Garda Division. We cherish the memory of our fallen colleague. Rest in peace."
A Letterkenny family wrote: "Deepest sympathy to Nicola, Lucy, Alex and Andrew and to your extended families in Blackrock and Ballina. Saddest of days for your comrades in An Garda Siochana. RIP."
Firefighters from the National Retained Firefighters Association added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Garda Tony Golden who tragically lost his life protecting others."
The late Garda Anthony Golden.
A fellow garda member anonymously but poignantly wrote: "I am so, so sorry for your tragic loss. When I heard the news I just couldn't stop crying - tears for you and fear for myself. I guess we never know. I hope you find the strength in each other to cope and I hope Alex, Lucy and Andrew grow up knowing what a hero their dad is."
Gda Golden’s remains are reposing at his home at Sandygrove, Blackrock, Co Louth today from 3pm to 7pm. His family has requested that the house remain private at all other times. His removal will take place on Thursday to St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, for State funeral mass at 12 noon followed by burial at St Paul's, Heynestown. The slain garda’s family requested no flowers but donations, in lieu of flowers, could be sent to North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation, The Ramparts, Dundalk, Co Louth.
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