Garda McLoughlin to be honoured in Donegal

Garda Gary McLoughlin, from Fenagh who was killed in the line of duty in Co Donegal in 2009 is to be given a posthumous award for his bravery in Lifford on May 4.

Garda Gary McLoughlin, from Fenagh who was killed in the line of duty in Co Donegal in 2009 is to be given a posthumous award for his bravery in Lifford on May 4.

The people of Co Donegal are to officially honour the memory of Garda Gary McLoughlin, who was killed outside of Letterkenny following a car chase in December 2009. The 24-year-old Garda from Drumlaheen, Fenagh was in a patrol car with a colleague, when their car was in collision with Martin McDermot’s vehicle. McLoughlin’s colleague Bernard Mc Loughlin from Gurteen, Co Sligo was also injured in the crash.

The “brave young garda,” passed away in the presence of his family and girlfriend on December 14, 2009 in Letterkenny General Hospital from injuries sustained during a collision in Lisfannon, Co Donegal on the Letterkenny to Bridgend road. Gary was well known locally in Leitrim, he went to primary school in St Caillin NS, Fenagh and attended Ballinamore PPS, he had played football at underage level up until minor age in Fenagh. Martin McDermott, of Raphoe, Co Donegal, was jailed for eight years after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin. Donegal County Council is to hold a special reception in the County House Lifford at 2pm on May 4 to posthumously award him a civic commemorative honour.