Arresting tours on offer at Limerick City Garda Station

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Retired Garda Sean Brennan in original uniform with Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche in front of a memorial to murdered Garda Detective Jerry McCabe at the launch of the centenary celebrations.

MOST people would prefer not to find themselves on the wrong side of the bars in a Garda cell, but anyone who is curious about what that’s like and what else the force does in Limerick is invited to have a look-see next week.

As part of the events to mark the Garda Centenary this year, the boys and girls in blue will be opening the doors at Henry Street Garda station on June 17.

School groups, scout groups, community groups, active retirement groups – all are welcome, Inspector Oliver Nally told the Limerick Post.

“We originally thought this would be something that would mainly interest children, but the last time we had an event like this, we even had couples coming along to have a look. People are just interested to see what goes on,” he said.

And visitors will get to see the state of the art holding cells, the work of the community garda team, play at being the baddies and have their fingerprints taken, as well as meet the Garda dog and get a look inside a patrol car.

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Guided tours start at 5pm and will last around 30 to 40 minutes, depending on what visitors want to know and do.

It’s not often members of the public get to question the gardaí, but Inspector Nally says, this is their chance. “We’re delighted to have people come in and explain how we work and answer any questions we can about being a Garda and what we do in the community.”

But unlike getting arrested, which can happen at any time to those on the wrong side of the law, visiting for the event requires making an appointment by emailing [email protected]