Samhradh and Seoda Ní Thóibín with Garda Mick Dee at the Gorey Garda Station open day on Sunday.
FAMILY FUN DAY FEATURES DOGS, HORSES, AND EVEN A HELICOPTER
IT’S not often you see people queueing to get in to a garda station, but that was just one of the features of the open day at Gorey Garda Station on Sunday.
The event has been hailed as a resounding success with over 2,000 people attending. Not only were there tours of the station, but there was also entertainment outside. The Garda Band provided music. Garda Ronan Swan took the children’s fingerprints, while Garda Gavin Cahill got a good soaking with wet sponge throwing. The station’s administration staff and Gorey Lions Club served tea and refreshments donated by local businesses. Raffle prize sponsors were also thanked.
The main car park was filled with activity, with the horses of the garda mounted unit, and the garda dog unit, the armed support unit, the public order van, and the underwater unit particularly popular. Winners of a schools art competition were also announced.
Juvenile liaison officer Paul Buckley, reserve garda Michael Cloke and probationer garda Vincent Downes were available for information, while the garda air support helicopter landed in Gorey Town Park causing much excitement as the children got to see it up close and even got their photographs taken inside.
Other organisations were also in attendance including the coast guard, Order of Malta, RNLI, and Gorey fire service.
Proceeds from the day go to Gorey Cardiac First Responders, YOLOS, and Talk to Tom. Sincere thanks went to all who helped and supported, especially Wexford County Council.
Vikki Harnett and Garda Catherine Keogh. Reserve Garda Michael Cloke, Garda Elisha Doyle, Sgt. Kevin Bolger, Sgt. Evelyn Reddan, Capt. Gearoid Turraoin, Garda William Murphy, Insp. Pat Cody, Sgt. Margo Kennedy and Sgt Stephen Ennis. Des Russell and his son Finn, Noah Tooher, Emma and Lucy Russell, Riona Tooher and Garda Elisha Doyle.
Garda Gavin Tracy with his daughter Lauryn. Ben, Luke and Jack Power with Garda Patrick O’Doherty.