Ten Tipperary Gardai were among the 198 who graduated from the Training College in Templemore this week having completed their BA in the Applied Policing programme which commenced in November 2017.
Acting Garda Commissioner Donal O'Cualain and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan attended the very special day in the College – this was the fourteenth intake to graduate under the new BA (Applied Policing) programme – and there was a huge attendance in Templemore for the celebrations which continued long after the formalities had ended.
The new recruits and their families and friends were entertained in many local restaurants and hostelries to complete what is regarded as one of the biggest days in the career of the Gardai.
Among the 198 students are thirteen non nationals, with seven from the UK, two each from the USA and Poland, and one each from Saudi Arabia and Northern Ireland.
There were 138 males in the group with sixty females completing the class which will commence phase II of their training on July 2nd.
Minister Flanagan and the Acting Commissioner congratulated the students once the famous drill displays had been completed in the College Square – they pledged the full support of the Force and the Government to the new Gardai to help them carry out their roles in the communities they will serve.
And there was a very warm round of applause for the efforts of the Gardai and the Garda Band who provided the music on the day and helped to ensure that the ladies and gentlemen of Intake 174 remained in step.
While the sky had a threatening look about it for most of the ceremony and there were a few scattered showers throughout the day, the students were thanking their lucky stars that the Heavens didn't open on top of them and their guests.
Despite their being 198 new recruits, none of them are bound for any of the Gardai Stations in the Tipperary Garda division.
The Tipperary Gardai who graduated are to be congratulated, and include:
Garda Pamela Davis, from Ballingarry, who will be stationed in Blanchardstown.
Garda Aisling Enright from Ballingarry north, who will be stationed in Kildare.
Garda Sarah Heaney from Roscrea, who will be stationed in Mountjoy.
Garda Jamie Heuston from Cappawhite, who will be stationed in Ennis.
Garda John Keating from New Inn, who will be stationed in Wexford.
Garda Aoife Laffan from Templemore, who will be stationed in Henry Street.
Garda Sarah Moloney, from Birdhill who will be stationed in Ronanstown.
Garda Stephen Murray from Nenagh, who will be stationed in Ennis.
Garda John Nolan from Thurles, who will be stationed in Roxboro Road.
Garda Liam Redmond from Clonmel, who will be stationed in Waterford.