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Published on July 25th, 2017 | by Barry Healy

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Memorial to Detective John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne to be unveiled on July 28

A long overdue memorial to the memory of Detective John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne will be unveiled at Shannon’s Cross Loughlynn Co. Roscommon on Friday, July 28 at 2pm.

This tragic loss of life happened in 7 July 1980, as Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne were fatally wounded as they pursued raiders who had robbed the Bank of Ireland in Ballaghaderreen.

The site at Loughglynn, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, marks the spot where the two gardai tragically lost their lives and as we approach the 37th anniversary of these murders, it is a fitting and overdue tribute.

The stone monument is approximately 3ftX6ft, with photographs of both Gardaí and Garda Crest on it. The estimated cost of project is thought to be in the region of €20,000.

As we previously reported, a committee was established to raise funds to offset the expense of the monument. Donations, big or small, will be greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged in a booklet that will be published for the unveiling.

Subscriptions can be lodged to Bank of Ireland:
John Morley Henry Byrne
A/C No 37465549
Sort code 90-53-52
IBAN: IE66BOFI90535237465549:
BIC: BOFIIE2D:

Or sent to the treasurer: Mr Kevin Murtagh Loughglynn, Castlerea, Co, Roscommon (Ph: 086-2700980).

Those attending the unveiling are asked to arrive in plenty of time, so as to be in situ before the event begins.


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