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Monday 23 July 2018

'Colm stands above all others in area of crime investigation', funeral Mass is told

The hearse carrying Detective Superintendent Colm Fox from his funeral mass in Malahide, Dublin.
The hearse carrying Detective Superintendent Colm Fox from his funeral mass in Malahide, Dublin.

One of the nation's top detectives - found dead in a Dublin garda station at the weekend - has been remembered for his relentless pursuit of the truth.

The body of Detective Superintendent Colm Fox, who led the Regency Hotel murder probe, was found in Ballymun Garda Station at 9pm on Saturday.

His official firearm was found nearby.

Mr Fox's death is being treated as a personal tragedy.

At his funeral yesterday in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Seabury, Malahide, Assistant Commissioner Barry O'Brien spoke of the nation's loss.

"It was with a total sense of disbelief, shock and devastation that all of us learned of the death of our dear friend and colleague," he said.

Enormous

"Added to the sense of bewilderment was the knowledge that Colm - who embraced an enormous capacity for others - was for the last few weeks embarked on a lonely journey himself.

"Colm left a rich legacy, as an individual, a policeman, and a family man.

"As a policeman, Colm stands out among a very small group of individuals who stand head and shoulders above all others in the area of crime investigation.

"This is self-evident in the legacy of successful investigations conducted by Colm over the past 15 to 20 years.

The coffin of Detective Superintendent Colm Fox is brought from his funeral mass in Malahide, Dublin.
The coffin of Detective Superintendent Colm Fox is brought from his funeral mass in Malahide, Dublin.

"He saw investigations as the best way to protect people, and this was evident in his investigation into the murder of Daniel McAnaspie in 2010."

In his homily, Colm's brother-in-law, Fr Sean Donohoe, said the life and death of each of us has influence on others.

Horrible

"Today, we find ourselves in a horrible mess. As a family, as a force, and as friends, we're in the middle of a horrific tragedy and we have a choice of what way we can go.

"We can go under, or we can do what Colm Fox would do. We can use this situation to influence for good."

Mr Fox was mourned by his wife, Edel, his children, Rebecca, Megan and David, his parents, Dessie and Betty, his sisters Gillian, Audrey and Creona, and his parents-in-law Sean and Doreen Donohue.

Former Irish international footballer Niall Quinn was among the mourners.

Hundreds of gardai formed a guard of honour as the hearse approached Dardistown Cemetery.

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