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Ennistymon Gardaí commended for Valentines Act of kindness

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Gardaí in Ennistymon have been commended for an act of kindness exhibited over the weekend.

While checking in on local residents who are cocooning and unable to visit family and friends, Garda Deirdre Scanlon and Garda Jim McNamara delivered flowers, chocolates, a bottle of Baileys, hand sanitiser, PPE and a Valentines card to mark St Valentines Day on Sunday.

Garda Deirdre Scanlon in Ennistymon.

Garda Scanlon was responsible for the Valentines outreach in North Clare. “It links in with our core values of service, honesty, accountability, respect, professionalism and most of all empathy. It’s about the community and belonging to the community,” she said of their actions.

More than 1,000 people have shared the generous act from the Gardaí on Facebook with many individuals praising the officers for the manner in which they engaged with isolated individuals.

Garda Jim McNamara at a drop-off.

Clare TD, Cathal Crowe (FF) applauded the Ennistymon based Gardaí. “You can trawl the internet for images that epitomise goodness and kindness but few will rival this,” the Meelick native commented.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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