“The purpose of the Open Garda family day is to build good community relations between the public and the Garda. People usually only see the Garda in uniform and this was an opportunity for families to come out and experience different aspects of our jobs and see the different divisions,” said Sgt. Padraic Powell.
The day included face-painting, a tour of the cells, treats for the kids and new Guarda colouring books. Highlights of the day were the RSA car simulator where you could experience being overturned in a car with a G-force of 1. A demonstration by the Tipperary Fire Brigade with Fire officer Bernie O’Brien at the helm showing the extrication of a car showing how the fire service take the roof off a car and dismantle it in the case of a serious accident. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) had a simulator truck with many different interactive aspects for both adults and children.