McCallion funeral on Easter Monday


The funeral of a young garda who died after being crushed against a wall by a stolen car will take place on Easter Monday.

Robert McCallion was struck by the vehicle as he responded to calls in a housing estate in Letterkenny, Co Donegal on March 26th.

He was critically injured and spent a fortnight on life support before dying on Tuesday afternoon.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy led tributes to the 29-year-old from Swinford, Co Mayo praising his courage.

Garda McCallion’s body was removed from a Dublin city centre funeral home today for the long journey to Mayo before a removal service on Easter Sunday at 7pm to Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 8pm and a state funeral on Monday 1pm.

He is to be buried after Mass at Kilconduff Cemetery, Swinford.

The McCallion family have a long history of serving in An Garda Síochána, Robert’s father is a retired garda and his brother serves in Ballina, Co Mayo and two of his uncles were retired superintendents.

Two youths have been charged in relation to the death.

Jamie McGrenaghan, 18, of Gortnacraw, Kerrykeel, was charged with dangerous driving causing serious harm at Tara Court, Letterkenny. He is also charged with unlawfully taking a car.

Cathal Dunleavy, 19, of Meentagh, Glenvar, Kerrykeel, was also charged with unlawfully taking a car.