Gardaí to host Open Day at Shannon station

Gardaí to host Open Day at Shannon station


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí will host a public Open Day at their station in Shannon today (Wednesday).

Locals are invited to the event which will be held between midday and 3pm.

Visitors will get the chance to view Garda vehicles, meet members of the specialist units including the Garda Mounted Unit while a Garda Air Support Unit helicopter will also make an appearance.

A helicopter from the Garda Air Support Unit will also attend the event – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The event will also provide the public with the opportunity to meet their local Gardaí and have a chat about any issues in their community they may wish to raise.

Special guests on the day will be Garda Aiden O’Mahony, recent winner of Dancing With The Stars as well as Garda Niamh Briggs, Captain of the Irish Women’s Rugby team.

Members of Bunratty Search and Rescue, Shannon Fire Service, Order of Malta as well as the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, will also attend.

Volunteers attached to Clare Civil Defence’s Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) unit will also be in Shannon to display their drones which they regularly use in search and rescue operations.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Members of the public, particularly families, will be welcomed at the event.

Members of Clare Civil Defence will also display their drones at the event – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.