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Never forgotten GRA pay tribute to 'brother' Adrian Donohue on the eight anniversary of his murder

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Garda Adrian Donohoe

Garda Adrian Donohoe

Garda Adrian Donohoe

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has posted a poignant message of remembrance to Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who lost his life this week eight years ago “while serving his community which he loved so well."

In the Facebook post, the GRA said: ‘This week we remember him - our brother Adrian.

"Eight years ago on the 25th January 2013, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe lost his life while serving his community which he loved so well.

"Remember him in your thoughts & prayers over the coming days, as we do. #NeverForgotten."

Detective Garda Donohoe was shot dead during a robbery at Lordship Credit Union on January 25, 2013.

In October of last year, Aaron Brady (28) of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh was jailed for life with a minimum time of 40 years behind bars after being convicted in August of capital murder.

Speaking at a sentence hearing for her husband’s murderer, Caroline Donohoe said no words can express the impact on her life, the lives of her children and their family, colleagues and friends who all loved Adrian.

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe's parents described their son's murder was "a waste of a good man for such an evil and pointless act."

Adrian’s sister Mary Donohoe, speaking on behalf of all five surviving siblings, Alan, Colm, Martin, Anne and Mary, described their big brother as “larger than life, large in stature but more so, large in personality.

"He was rarely in bad form and his enthusiasm and zest for life were infectious.”

She said Adrian looked after all his siblings and was idolized by them.

"The void he has left in our family is immeasurable. Every family celebration is tinged with sadness and his absence is still so obvious and upsetting."

They described their parents as strong and admirable but said they haven’t been the same since Adrian’s death.

They said they are grateful that their parents keep going, but seeing their mother lighting a candle in front of a photo of Adrian every day is “sometimes too much to bear”.

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Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady

Turning their attention to their brother’s murderer, they said: “Aaron Brady will never comprehend what he has done to our family.”

The GRA post generated numerous messages of thanks for Adrian, and his service to this country.

"Many of us still await the day, when the rest of the gang involved in his death are brought before the courts to face justice. Rest easy brother," one person wrote.

Another person remembered: "I attended his funeral I have never seen anything like... It was late getting to Chapel due to the crowds.

"Rest in peace sir thank you for your service to Ireland," added another.

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