KILLARNEY GARDAÍ opened their hearts to the youngest honorary member of the force, Ceejay McArdle, when they discovered the four-year-old dreams of being a garda when he grows up.
Like police forces across the globe, the Killarney officers were determined to stretch out the hand of friendship to Ceejay and his family as the youngster bravely battles illness.
Now Killarney Gardaí have issued an invitation to everyone to join them as they host a coffee morning in the Window Bar in the Killarney Plaza Hotel tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, from 10.30am. “We are hoping to raise funds for our newest and smallest member of An Garda Síochána,” said Garda Gillian Mac Eoin who together with Superintendent Flor Murphy and Sergeant Dermot O’Connell have pulled out all the stops to brew up support for Ceejay.
The four-year-old boy, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago and has been undergoing treatment for cancer in St John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, for the last two years. “We can only imagine how traumatic such treatment is on such a little man,” said Garda Mac Eoin.
Ceejay has always had a huge interest in the Gardaí and police work. "It is not even make-believe with him, if you were to ask Ceejay whether he would like to be a guard when he grows up he would tell you, 'but I already am a guard!'," his dad Marcus McArdle told Killarney Advertiser.
In light of the treatment he was undergoing, An Garda Siochána and police forces around the world have been sending Ceejay “get well soon” messages in an effort to cheer him up. “Ceejay started to become a little celebrity mascot for police forces all over the world,” added Garda Mac Eoin.
An Garda Síochána really took Ceejay under their wing. “Ceejay now has his own official Garda uniform, custom made to fit him and earlier this year he ‘graduated’ from the Garda college in Templemore, being made an honorary member of the force by Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan who was also in attendance,” said Sergeant Dermot O’Connell.
He is embracing his role and has been seen accompanying other members of the Gardaí doing traffic stops, issuing tickets and even assisting in arrests (all set up especially for Ceejay, no members of the public are being prosecuted!).
Tomorrow’s coffee morning is being organised by many other stations across the country at the same date and time. “Listowel and Tralee Garda Stations are also hosting a similar coffee morning in their districts,” said Superintendent Flor Murphy.
Gardai decided to host the coffee mornings to generate funds towards sending Ceejay and his parents to New York so that he can take up an invitation from the NYPD to march in the St Patrick’s Day parade with his Garda and NYPD colleagues.
Garda Mac Eoin added: “We would like to extend an invitation to everyone in Killarney to come along to the Window Bar in the Killarney Plaza hotel (upstairs) and join us for a cup of coffee or tea and some scones or cakes, all of which have been kindly donated from local businesses in Killarney. All funds generated from this coffee morning will go direct to the Ceejay St Patrick’s Day fund.”
Above: Sergeant Dermot O'Connell, Garda Gillian Mac Eoin and Superintendent Flor Murphy with Orla O'Driscoll, Killarney Plaza Hotel, launching the Garda Coffee morning at The Killarney Plaza Hotel. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season
Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk. “While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer […]
Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk.
“While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer as male deer go in search of females and younger males are ousted by dominant males forcing deer to cross roads and motorways,” Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission said.
Drivers are being advised to reduce speed, stay alert and dip their headlights as the full beam may cause the deer to freeze.
“If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow. Do not approach an injured deer. If you are involved in a deer road traffic accident or come across a deer that has been involved in a road traffic accident, immediately contact the local Gardaí.”
The Irish Deer Commission operate a humane deer dispatch scheme with 75 trained volunteers assisting agencies and charities who deal with an increasing number of deer vehicle collisions nationally.
On Sunday October 10 the Irish Deer Commission will hold a Red Deer Rut Watch event in Killarney National
Park. It has taken place in Killarney continuously for over 5,000 years and Killarney National Park is acknowledged as one of the best locations in Europe to observe the red deer rut.
This family friendly event is being hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free. There will be talks by a Conservation Rangers and the Irish Deer Commission, along with a display of native red deer antlers.
Booking is available only online via visit www.irishdeercommission.ie.
Happy Birthday Sham
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.
Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.
One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.
Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.
Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season
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