TWO sisters who have a combined service of over 60 years working in An Garda Siochána were honoured at a ceremony at Bandon Garda Station to recognise their long service.
Ballinagree’s Cáit Horgan and her sister Monica Lynch – who both work in Macroom Garda Station – along with 20 other staff members from the West Cork Garda Division, were presented with a certificate acknowledging their long service in An Garda Siochána by Asst Garda Comm Anne Marie McMahon and Chief Supt Con Cadogan.
The certificate acknowledges when a person has worked in the organisation for 21 years or more.
‘We had met Asst Garda Comm McMahon before but she mentioned it in her speech that it was unique that there are two sisters working in the same station,’ Cáit told The Southern Star.
‘The event was held to mark any staff members who had over 21 years of service in An Garda Siochána. I love my job here and I enjoy the great comradeship between ourselves and garda members.
‘Next year I will be marking 40 years working in An Garda Siochána and I intend to keep going until I’m 70. We are both very active,’ she said.
Cáit, who lives in Carriganima has worked throughout the Macroom District, having worked in Blarney, Millstreet, Kanturk and she is now based in Macroom Garda Station since 2013, working in the finance office.
Monica, who lives in Clondrohid, works in administration and has been with An Garda Siochána for 21 years.
At the event in Bandon Garda Station, Asst Garda Comm Anne Marie McMahon said: ‘It is an honour to present the certificates for long service to each of you in recognition of the work you carry out on a daily basis and to your commitment to the Garda organisation.
‘Garda staff play an integral part in helping the organisation achieve its goal of delivering professional policing.’