A GAA club in Co Mayo has announced plans to develop a new facility to commemorate the life of a Detective Garda who died in the line of duty earlier this year. 

Colm Horkan died on 17 June last. A man has been charged with capital murder over his death. 

The 50-year-old was a lifelong member of Charlestown Sarsfields GAA Club. 

Plans to develop a new all-weather pitch named in his memory have now been unveiled. 

The Colm Horkan Memorial Pitch will include a state-of-the-art floodlit pitch, with surrounding walkways for members and the wider community to use. 

The project will take three years to complete. The club hopes to fund it through a combination of sports capital grants and local fundraising. 

Detective Garda Colm Horkan was a long-time GAA supporter

Detective Horkan played with Charlestown Sarsfields for a number of years.

The club's chairman, Liam Breheny, said the initiative to commemorate him in this manner was a fitting legacy to a person who was so highly regarded by the local community. 

Mr Breheny said the club had been touched by messages of support sent from all over the world, since the death of Colm Horkan last summer.