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CELEBRATING WOMEN: Garda Sharon Maybury, Garda Gillian MacEoin, Garda Stephanie Hegarty, Garda Louise Rea, Garda Patricia Mayse and Garda Siobhan Barry at the 60th Anniversary of Women in AGS conference in The Great Southern Killarney yesterday (Thursday). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

 

An Garda Síochána in the Southern Region commemorated the 60th anniversary of women joining as Garda members at an event in The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney yesterday (Thursday).

In July 1959, following a long-running campaign by civic groups and with the support of the then Garda Commissioner and Government, 12 women joined An Garda Siochana and were allocated to Pearse Street Station. Since then, women have made a crucial contribution to the organisation, as well as society. In December 1964, the first woman was allocated to the Southern Region and was stationed in the Bridewell, Cork.

"We not only celebrate the 60th anniversary of women joining An Garda Síochána, but also the contribution women have made to An Garda Síochána and to policing since then,” Assistant Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon, speaking at yesterday’s event (Thursday), said.

 

[caption id="attachment_28671" align="aligncenter" width="480"] WOMEN IN THE FORCE: Assistant Garda Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon and Kerry Garda Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster at the 60th Anniversary of Women in AGS conference in The Great Southern Killarney yesterday (Thursday). Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

There are currently 3,780 females making up 27 percent of Garda members. This is above the European average for female representation within police services. In addition, 26 percent of the Garda reserve are female and 76 percent of Garda staff are also female.”

Earlier in the year, Commissioner Harris announced that An Garda Síochána would be establishing a Women’s Network to support and encourage women in the advancement of their careers in the organisation. The Network will be chaired by Chief Superintendent Margaret Nugent.

 

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Killorglin mother and son pen poetry book

By Michelle Crean What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son. The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just […]

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By Michelle Crean

What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son.

The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just in time for Christmas.

And all proceeds will be donated to Comfort for Chemo, an organisation whose mission it is to build and equip a chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry.

The charity is close to the young author’s heart as Conor himself was undergoing cancer treatment while writing this book.

With original poetry by the mother and son, the book also has another separate family connection as the talented illustrators are local artists, father-daughter duo Con and Rochelle Lucey, with each page awash with colour and beautiful drawings.

“I know first-hand how important it is to have a comfortable environment while receiving chemotherapy,” Conor said.

‘A Very Kerry Year’ is currently available for €12 from The Crystal Cave and the Reeks District Tourist Office in Killorglin and will soon be available in many more outlets throughout the county.

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