Post Tagged with: "Station Watch"

Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. Arklow Gardaí Sarah Boland and Siobhan Merrigan take a moment at the stunning Glendalough Lakes

A garden that bears much fruit

This month Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the men and women of Arklow Station in the garden of Ireland and found a Frontline embedded in their communities Wicklow crosses the rural and urban divide like few other Districts and Arklow may just be its metaphor. With a population of some 13,000, Arklow town looks up at its larger metropolitan […]

by · June 3, 2020 · Features
Gardaí Philip O’Neil, Siobhán Costello, Dáithí Ó’Floinn and Sergeant Mark Daly, pause for a moment before going out on a Covid-19 checkpoint near Mallow.

Mallow Garda Station? It might just be the template

Visiting the beating heart of Cork County, Editor John O’Keeffe couldn’t help but notice a distinct unity of purpose The moment you meet him you’ll like him. That’s always a good start. I’m talking about Superintendent William Duane, chief bottle washer at Mallow Garda Station. And it’s important. To be a well-liked Superintendent is, unsurprisingly, not a given. Duane need […]

by · May 15, 2020 · Features
Garda Matthew Lenehan and Garda Alan O’Hanlon. Exactly the type of young Frontline gardaí you would want calling to you in a crisis

I Just Want to Dance with You…

John O’Keeffe visited Letterkenny Garda Station and met a group of men and women for whom Daniel O’Donnell should usefully write a song Letterkenny is the type of town that surely we would all like to live in if we knew it properly. Small enough to care but big enough to cope, it exudes all the muscular confidence of a […]

by · April 15, 2020 · Features
An upstairs fire exit which is only accessible through a working toilet. Seriously?

One word. Disgraceful.

  Despite meeting an exceptionally enthusiastic and professional group of gardaí in Clonmel Station, Editor John O’Keeffe, was truly appalled at the conditions they are expected to work in TIhave visited numerous stations up and down the country, and it is true Sligo and Macroom Garda Stations (to name but two) have not been without their significant woes; certain stations […]

by · March 15, 2020 · Features
Balbriggan’s best: 
Garda Paul McCarthy,
Garda Ciarán McQuaid,
Garda Nikki McMorrow and Garda Rebecca O’Sullivan

Making the ordinary extraordinary in Balbriggan

Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit Balbriggan Garda Station and met with the men and women of ‘the Regular’ There’s something about the word ‘regular’ that seems to send people into the land of nod. The Oxford Dictionary describes it as, “existing or happening repeatedly in a fixed pattern with equal or similar amounts of space or time between one […]

by · January 28, 2020 · Features
Cool Kats: Gardaí MJ Carroll and Paul McDonnell of the K-KATS Unit

Station Watch, Blanchardstown: Cool for K-KATS

Having spent a day with the gardaí of Blanchardstown Garda Station, Editor John O’Keeffe can only wonder at the amount of work that is juggled on a daily basis Visiting the Frontline in Blanchardstown Garda Station, and their boss Superintendent Liam Carolan, is an eye opener – on so many levels it’s difficult to know where to begin – but […]

by · August 10, 2019 · Features
Launching ‘reassurance bombs’ from The Bridewell

Launching ‘reassurance bombs’ from The Bridewell

Station Watch: THE BRIDEWELL, DUBLIN A Bridewell was originally a ‘prison or reform school of petty offenders.’ Editor, John O’Keeffe went to visit the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin to see what a modern ‘Bridewell’ looks like The Central Bridewell, in Dublin, a prison for minor offenders, was built to accommodate 130 prisoners in 1901. The Central Bridewell was then […]

by · March 12, 2019 · Features
Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Ordinary gardaí doing an extraordinary job

Station Watch: CAVAN GARDA STATION This month, in the light of an uncertain Brexit, John O’Keeffe went to visit Cavan Garda Station, where he found a team with its feet firmly on the ground when it comes to all aspects of modern policing If you want to meet a garda with border policing running through his veins, you need look […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Features
Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

Station Watch: STPRE STREET, DUBLIN John O’Keeffe recently went to visit the Frontline in Store Street and found a group of gardaí with their eye firmly on the job Store Street is a busy garda station – and I mean busy. Spend 15 minutes in their reception area and you will see what I mean. Probationers will often say that […]

by · January 12, 2019 · Features
Nothing compares…

Nothing compares…

Station Watch: NAAS GARDA STATION, CO. KILDARE Visiting Naas Garda Station was a sheer pleasure according to John O’Keeffe as he met with the spine of the Frontline To observe exactly the work of the Frontline as they go about their daily tasks is always a sight to behold. Immeasurable work by modern standards, but so critical to the support […]

by · December 12, 2018 · Features