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Those who had gathered were left pleasantly overwhelmed when a young girl asked if she may lay flowers alongside the wreaths placed at the gates of Dublin Castle in honour of fallen Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) constable James O’Brien.

 

It was not so much the gesture at what was already a moving short ceremony, but Freya Connolly’s identity, which marked the moment out as special. Her family explained that she was the great-grandniece of Sean Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army member who had shot dead Constable O’Brien and who was killed himself nearby hours later.

 

“We were all flabbergasted and delighted at the same time,” said retired garda Jim Herlihy, one of those who helped organise the event last April.

 

Those who had gathered were left pleasantly overwhelmed when a young girl asked if she may lay flowers alongside the wreaths placed at the gates of Dublin Castle in honour of fallen Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) constable James O’Brien.

 

It was not so much the gesture at what was already a moving short ceremony, but Freya Connolly’s identity, which marked the moment out as special. Her family explained that she was the great-grandniece of Sean Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army member who had shot dead Constable O’Brien and who was killed himself nearby hours later.

 

“We were all flabbergasted and delighted at the same time,” said retired garda Jim Herlihy, one of those who helped organise the event last April.

 

Those who had gathered were left pleasantly overwhelmed when a young girl asked if she may lay flowers alongside the wreaths placed at the gates of Dublin Castle in honour of fallen Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) constable James O’Brien.

 

It was not so much the gesture at what was already a moving short ceremony, but Freya Connolly’s identity, which marked the moment out as special. Her family explained that she was the great-grandniece of Sean Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army member who had shot dead Constable O’Brien and who was killed himself nearby hours later.

 

“We were all flabbergasted and delighted at the same time,” said retired garda Jim Herlihy, one of those who helped organise the event last April.

 

Those who had gathered were left pleasantly overwhelmed when a young girl asked if she may lay flowers alongside the wreaths placed at the gates of Dublin Castle in honour of fallen Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) constable James O’Brien.

 

It was not so much the gesture at what was already a moving short ceremony, but Freya Connolly’s identity, which marked the moment out as special. Her family explained that she was the great-grandniece of Sean Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army member who had shot dead Constable O’Brien and who was killed himself nearby hours later.

 

“We were all flabbergasted and delighted at the same time,” said retired garda Jim Herlihy, one of those who helped organise the event last April.

 
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