A dream come true

ABOVE (l-r): Garda Derek Rochford, Castleblayney Garda Station; Sergeant Alan Keane, Garda Community Relations Bureau; Ceejay McArdle, honorary Garda Sergeant, Castleblayney; Susan Brown, Ceejay’s mother; Marcus McArdle, Ceejay’s father; Garda Frances Merrick, Castleblayney Garda Station. PHOTO by Mick O’Neil

ABOVE (l-r): Garda Derek Rochford, Castleblayney Garda Station; Sergeant Alan Keane, Garda Community Relations Bureau; Ceejay McArdle, honorary Garda Sergeant, Castleblayney; Susan Brown, Ceejay’s mother; Marcus McArdle, Ceejay’s father; Garda Frances Merrick, Castleblayney Garda Station. PHOTO by Mick O’Neil

The Community Relations Bureau fulfilled the special wish of three year old Ceejay Mc Ardle from Castleblayney when he was an honorary garda sergeant for the day while he visited Garda Headquarters on Wednesday September 16th 2015. Ceejay was diagnosed with leukaemia last September.

Sergeant Alan Keane, Community Relations Bureau, said, “Ceejay’s grandparents live beside their local garda station in Castleblayney and have a great rapport with the local gardaí. Garda Derek Rochford in the station contacted the Community Relations Bureau to ask if we could organise a day out for Ceejay at Garda Headquarters. We decided we didn’t need to wait for a charity involvement and organised it ourselves.”

Ceejay arrived at Garda HQ with his parents Susan Brown and Marcus McArdle for his fun filled day as a garda sergeant. He was given his uniform and his first duty was conducting the Garda Band. He was presneted with a whistle, drumsticks and a Garda Bravery Medal engraved with ‘Our Hero – Garda Ceejay’. After inspecting the traffic bikes he proceeded to Áras an Uachtaráin  to visit the Garda Mounted Unit where we met some of the horses and Fred the dog.

Keane said, “The family were delighted as Ceejay loves animals and guards. He had a great day and it was a welcome break from the harsh treatment he has been receiving. He spent the previous day in Crumlin Children’s Hospital for a lumbar puncture. Usually the day after treatment he is exhausted but his parents were thrilled that he was full of energy and excitement to spend the day at Garda HQ.”  


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