Special ReportTWO GARDA
I who lived side by side in Sligo town are featured in the Force's Roll of Honour.
natives of county Sligo who died elsewhere are also on the list of 87
Gardai who have died in the line of duty over the past 91 years.
Minister for Justice, Mr Shatter, attended a ceremony which formally
marked the name of Garda Adrian Donohue from Louth being added to the
list on Saturday.
A medal was also presented to Garda Donohue's widow at the weekend.The last Sligo town based Garda to die in the line of duty was Sergeant Patrick Waters in November 1971.
official citation on the Garda Roll of Honour recalls a sad evening
only too well remembered in Sligo town as he responded to an emergency
call near Carraroe."On 18th November 1971, Sergeant Waters,
with two other colleagues from Sligo Garda Station were responding to an
emergency call at Carrickhenry.
"On the way to the scene
the official vehicle was in collision with another car. Sergeant Waters
died as a result of the collision," the Roll of Honour states.
Sergeant Watters, pictured above
, was survived by his wife Mary and nine children, one of whom subsequently joined the Gardai.
They lived at Gaol Road, in Sligo town, or Gethins Street as it was named in honour of the former governor in Sligo Prison.
Their neighbour for several years in the Gardai houses at Gaol Road was Inspector Samuel (Sam) Donegan.
He was promoted to Inspector in the mid 1960s and transferred to the Cavan Border region.It
was there in June 1972 -- just six months after his former neighbour
was killed -- that Inspector Donegan died in a bomb blast.
Donegan's death was the subject of an RTE documentary 18 months ago
featuring his son, Michael, who went to school in Sligo town.
Left: Inspector Samuel (Sam) Donegan.
The official citation recalls the tragedy which occurred as some of his six children prepared to sit scool exams:
8th June, 1972, Inspector Donegan was one of a party of Garda and Army
personnel conducting searches on the Cavan/Fermanagh border when he was
killed by a booby-trap bomb on a country lane at Drumboghanagh,
Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh."The year 1982 was the blackest
for Sligo born Gardai, with three names added to the Roll of Honour in
less than a week in February.
Two Garda from near Ballymote were killed on security duties in Co Monaghan.Explosives Escort
24th February, 1982, Garda Patrick Ruttledge and colleague Nathy Cawley
was on explosives escort duty in a Garda patrol car from Monaghan Garda
Station when it was involved in a collision with an Army truck at
Broomfield, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Both Gardai died
Garda Cawley, pictured left
, was from Ballinacarrow while Garda Ruttledge, photo below
, was from Lavagh. They were both married, with five children and one child respectively.Just
days earlier, another young Sligo Garda, Patrick Reynolds of Ballindoon
became the only native of the county to be shot dead on duty when he
was gunned down by the INLA in Dublin.
was reported by residents of the Avonbeg Estate in Tallaght on the
weekend of 20th February 1982. The area had become a hotbed of
paramilitary activity.The citation describing the shooting of
the 24 years old Sligo man is one of the longest and most detailed in
the Garda Roll of Honour.
It recalls: "In the early hours of
20th February, 1982, Garda Patrick Reynolds, with four other colleagues,
arrived at a semi-derelict block of flats in Dublin’s Tallaght area.
were in uniform and were responding to an anonymous phone tip-off that
three suspicious-looking men were carrying bags into a flat at Avonbeg
Gardens. Bank Robbery
"Garda Reynolds and his
Sergeant checked the rear of the block. The remaining Gardai made their
way to the flat identified by the anonymous caller.
Left: Garda Patrick Reynolds
entering the flat the Gardai found a gang of six heavily armed men and
women counting the proceeds of a bank robbery which had taken place in
Askeaton, Co. Limerick a couple of days previously.
members began to panic and attempted to flee from the scene. On hearing
the commotion Garda Reynolds ran towards the flat itself when he was
confronted by one of the gunmen, who fired at him twice, fatally
wounding him.A key suspect was recognised at the scene and
many years later was arrested in a west of Ireland town. He was never
tried for capital murder.
Almost a decade before his own death in 1982, Garda Patrick Ruttledge, pictured left
, had his private car hijacked by the Provisional IRA when off duty.In 1974, the IRA had placed a 200lb bomb in his car and ordered him to drive to the village of Magheraveely, Co. Fermanagh.
On route to Magheraveely Garda Ruttledge drove his car into a field and abandoned it, averting certain danger and destruction.
Link to Roll of Honour: http://www.garda.ie/honour/default.aspx