Ser­vice re­mem­bers Garda Anne Marie and pi­lots

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

Five uni­form hats - four from the Ir­ish Coast Guard, and one Garda Síochána, laid side by side by on the al­tar at last week­end’s Re­mem­brance Sun­day ser­vice at Christ Church, Gorey, brought into sharp fo­cus the rea­son why ev­ery­one was there.

Pi­lots Cap­tain Dara Fitz­patrick and Cap­tain Mark Duffy, and crew mem­bers Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith were lost off the west coast in March when the Coast Guard Res­cue 116 he­li­copter crashed at sea. Closer to home, col­leagues at Gorey Garda Sta­tion are still mourn­ing the re­cent loss of Garda Anne Marie Bol­ger, who died sud­denly at her home re­cently.

Wreaths were laid at the al­tar by nu­mer­ous uni­formed and non-uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions, in mem­ory of all who have given their lives in so many ways, in war, in peace­keep­ing, or in ser­vice of oth­ers.

The ser­vice was led by Canon Mark Hay­den, with mu­sic by the Ark­low Ship­ping Band, Gorey Pipe Band, the Fun and Fel­low­ship Choir, and the Cantabile choir, and a ser­mon by Fr Richard Law­less.

Fiona and Fer­gus Slevin.

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