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Syrian migrant children arrive to a new dawn as their ferry docks in athens. Pic:Mark Condren 9.10.2015

A helping hand

Moved by the plight of Syrian refugees arriving to the Greek island of Kos two members decided to take direct action writes Bronagh McCrystal. Gardaí Damian McCarthy and Ray Wims decided to travel to the Greek Island of Kos to help refugees as they were profoundly moved, like all Irish people, by the pictures of Aylan Kurdi, the two-year-old Syrian […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Charity, Community, Community News
The Ideal Guard

The Ideal Guard

Having spent 30 years as a keen and respected member of An Garda Síochána Cyril Meehan, now “retired and free from the constraints of my former employer” has opted to share some fond and often quirky memories of his trials and tribulations in this light-hearted, often humorous account of his time as a guard. Accompanied by cartoons from Pat Treacy, […]

by · December 27, 2015 · Community, Community News
Fun in Thurles

Fun in Thurles

by Annette Connolly Thurles Garda Station hosted a very successful open day on Saturday September 26th 2015; with over 1,200 people passing through the doors of the garda station and everyone was extremely interested in how best to utilise the services of An Garda Síochána. The open day assisted gardaí in forming new relationships with members of the community and […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community, Community News, Uncategorized
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

A dream come true

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 […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Charity, Community, Community News
(l-r) Garda Dave Cullen; Sergeant Shane Fennessy

Garda Crew on board Wakey Wakey

Sergeant Shane Fennessy (Garda HQ) and Garda Dave Cullen (DMR Traffic) were part of an eight man crew who competed in the Fastnet Challenge Cup 2015 which was held on Sunday August 16th 2015. The multinational crew was a mixture of Irish, Welsh and Dutch on board an Irish registered J109 racing boat named Wakey Wakey.  The Fastnet race is […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community, Community News
JP Sexton on patrol on the docks in New Orleans.

Enforcing law and order after Hurricane Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, former Garda JP Sexton recalls his time helping to police the streets of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina was a horrendous storm which not only devastated the lives through which it tore, but also exposed a quagmire of public corruption and human depravity. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be in […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Community
Tackling bike theft

Tackling bike theft

With bike theft an ever increasing problem, Sergeant Seamus Ryan introduced a novel way to tackle it in Dun Laoghaire. Bike theft is an ever-increasing problem; nearly 6000 bikes are stolen every year with Dublin remaining the crime capital for the practice with nearly 75 percent of all thefts reported there. In most cases, these bikes are secured by cheap locks, which […]

by · April 9, 2015 · Community, Community News
Garda James Kearney receiving a commendation from Sergeant Patrick Dempsey. Kearney and Garda Kate Glennon responded to a call of three elderly males being assaulted in Carlow town. Kearney was confronted by a large crowd of youths and after a foot chase arrested one man, while Glennon administrated first aid to the men. Two more men were arrested by Kearney and charged a short time later. The three elderly males all received hospital treatment for their injuries but made swift recoveries.

Carlow commendation

Garda James Kearney received a commendation from Sergeant Patrick Dempsey. Kearney and Garda Kate Glennon responded to a call of three elderly males being assaulted in Carlow town. Kearney was confronted by a large crowd of youths and after a foot chase arrested one man, while Glennon administrated first aid to the men. Two more men were arrested by Kearney […]

by · April 9, 2015 · Community, Community News
Masterclass in health and fitness

Masterclass in health and fitness

Olympian Derval O’Rourke and UFC coach John Kavanagh delivered a lunchtime ‘masterclass’ in health and fitness at Garda Headquarters on December 5th 2014. A large turn-out of gardaí and civilian support staff filled the Garda Bandroom to hear the talk from two Irish sporting greats. Derval O’Rourke, a former world indoor hurdles champion, Olympian and coach of Ireland’s fittest family […]

by · February 9, 2015 · Community, Community News
Value of History

Value of History

The tranquil site of Clonmacnois by the River Shannon captured author Brendon K. Colvert’s imagination. Eventually, he became fully aware of its significance and was haunted by the video in the interpretative centre. His new publication, Clonmacnois accommodates all the requirements of the intellectual reader regarding the country of Ireland and at the same time, entertains the casual visitor by […]

by · December 11, 2014 · Community, Community News