THE brutal IRA killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe took a poignant twist yesterday when it was confirmed that his daughter-in-law gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of his death.
Sheila McCabe give birth to her first baby at the Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick.
She is married to John McCabe, the eldest of Jerry McCabe’s five children.
John is a garda stationed in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare.
Sheila went into Labour early on Wednesday.
Ann McCabe, widow of the slain detective, said yesterday the whole family were delighted with the arrival of the baby, her fifth grandchild.
"It is a very strange irony, the date, June 7, on which Jerry died and the day his grandaughter is born into the world. We are all thrilled for John and Sheila," she said.
Sheila McCabe comes from Newmarket, Co Cork, and met her husband when she too served in the Garda Síochána.
The new baby girl will join other members of the McCabe family next Sunday when an anniversary Mass is celebrated at the Holy Rosary Church, Ennis Road.
The other members of the McCabe family, Mark, aged 35, Ian, 33, Stacey, 26, and Ross, 25, all live and work in the Limerick area.
Special Branch colleagues of Jerry McCabe laid flowers at his grave in Mount St Oliver cemetery on Wednesday and there was also a commemorative ceremony at the bust of Det Garda McCabe which was erected in Henry Street garda headquarters.