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remembrance Hero Garda who died in Tallaght shooting to be remembered at special service

Following a tipoff, gardai found a gang of six armed men and women counting the proceeds of a bank robbery. One gunman fired twice at Garda Reynolds, fatally wounding him.

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Garda Patrick Reynolds

Garda Patrick Reynolds

Garda Patrick Reynolds

A hero Garda who died serving the community of Tallaght 40 years ago is to be remembered at a special service on Sunday, February 20. 

The Service of Remembrance in St Dominic’s Church at 11.45am will mark the anniversary of the tragic death of Garda Patrick Reynolds, who was killed when he was shot in the back when responding to an anonymous tip-off.

In the early hours of February 20, 1982, Garda Reynolds, with four other colleagues, arrived at a semi-derelict block of flats in the Tallaght area.

The uniformed officers were investigating a report that three suspicious-looking men were carrying bags into a flat at Avonbeg Gardens.

Garda Reynolds and his Sergeant checked the rear of the block while the remaining gardai made their way to the flat.

When they entered, 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.

The gang 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.

In 2000, a Belfast man was cleared by the Special Criminal Court of the capital murder of the Garda.

Sean Hughes (42), of Albert Terrace, Belfast, was found not guilty of the capital murder of Garda Patrick Reynolds (23), at Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Co Dublin, on February 20th, 1982.

Hughes was also acquitted of the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life in Tallaght on the same date.

Garda Reynolds was awarded posthumously the Scott Gold Medal on September 29, 1983, and on the 40th anniversary of his untimely passing the community will gather to mark the life, the service and the sacrifice of Garda Patrick ‘Gerry’ Reynolds- a son, a brother, a friend, a colleague and a public servant.

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